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  • Actor Shipping: There are many "cute and funny moments" videos on youtube between Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott; despite the fact that the latter is married. Which some comments find it is "too bad".
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  • Anti-Climax Boss: In contrast to turning into a snake and causing all sorts of mayhem in the palace before he gets tricked into becoming a genie, Jafar here seems to get outsmarted much quicker.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • In response to outrage over the film using white extras wearing dark makeup to appear Middle Eastern, several scenes were reshot and re-edited with actors of color.
    • Jafar, in contrast to the original, does not look so Obviously Evil that it would put the Sultan's intelligence into question. His voice even comes across as more benevolent in contrast to his original portrayal, where he would just open his mouth and you could say: "Yeah, obviously the villain."
    • Criticisms over the casting of the non-Arab Naomi Scott as Jasmine are at least partly addressed by the fact that this version of Jasmine is mixed race, with her mother having come from an Indian-inspired country.
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    • It’s detailed by the Genie, and backed up by an event in the story, that his master must rub the lamp as their wish is made in order for it to count, possibly to explain why Aladdin couldn’t use his last wish while Jafar was in possession of it.
    • The original climax wasn't very glorious for Jasmine (due to the use of Go-Go Enslavement, Show Some Leg, and, after it failed, Damsel in Distress). Here she keeps her original dress, and has a powerful solo song to begin with. Then she faces a forced marriage with Jafar, but waits to be close enough to him to take the lamp in his pocket and run away. Aladdin and her actively try to escape. They are caught later, and Jafar uses a kind of levitation to immobilize her, and obviously Jasmine can't escape it (unlike the hourglass).
    • Some infamously questionable (and even previously edited) lyrics from the original were outright removed and replaced for this version, with “Arabian Nights” being altered from “Where it's flat and immense and the heat is intense; it’s barbaric, but, hey, it’s home!” to the much more benign “Where you wander among every culture and tongue; it’s chaotic, but hey, it’s home.” The lyrics of “Prince Ali” were also changed from “He’s got slaves, he’s got servants and flunkies” to “He’s got 10,000 servants and flunkies”.
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    • Between 1992 and 2019, there has been a backlash against the "I don't want to be a princess" plot due to a Double Standard between male and female royalty, so Jasmine's original plot about trying to run away from her position was changed to wanting to know about her people on a more personal level so that she can be a successful ruler.
      • Related to this, the street vendor Jasmine steals from in the animated film is prepared to cut off her hand before Aladdin intervenes, citing it as the traditional penalty for stealing. His reaction is graciously toned down for this version, where he more reasonably demands a piece of her jewelry as payment instead.
      • Jasmine was also never identified or called out in the animated film despite wearing lavish jewelry in plain view beneath her cloak — the guards couldn’t even recognize her until her hood was removed. In addition to the above-described change, in this version, street-smart Aladdin does identify her jewelry and expensive garb as coming from inside the palace; he incorrectly surmises that she’s Jasmine’s handmaiden rather than the princess herself, though.
    • The Genie mentions that part of his spell turning Aladdin into a prince is that people won't recognize him, rather than asking us to believe a disguise that barely even qualifies as Clark Kenting.
    • The more subdued choreography and shot composition of “Prince Ali” could be seen as this. In the original, the Genie freely uses his powers to poof through the crowd, impress onlookers with his many impressions, and make Aladdin look better, potentially exposing his status as a magical genie. In this version, he manages to entertain and impress the crowd while still remaining within the entourage, and the one time he does use magic, he isn’t in view of anyone else.
    • Rather than axe off who he thinks to be a foreign prince and just hope no one investigates Ali's disappearance, this version has Jafar hold off until he's sure that Prince Ali is Aladdin and use the attempted drowning to verify his identity and find out where the lamp is.
    • In the original animated film, Jafar blows through his first two wishes in quick succession, wishing to be Sultan and then a Powerful sorcerer. This left viewers with the impression that Jafar both undermined and wasted his first wish for no reason. In this film, Jafar wishes himself Sultan, and only takes it a step forward after Jasmine convinces the guards not to bend to his will, and actual power becomes necessary on his part.
    • This iteration of the Genie is set up to know the potential of being a Literal or Jackass Genie, especially when it comes to granting Jafar's wishes, whereas the animated Genie was benevolent through and through. This also patches the plot hole of Jafar wishing specifically to become a creature he is aware lives in eternal servitude; here, he only wishes to become an omnipotent being, which the Genie deliberately misconstrues to mean a genie of the lamp.
  • Complete Monster: Grand Vizier Jafar is much worse here than his animated incarnation. Seeking the Genie's lamp, Jafar attempts to send several prisoners into the Cave of Wonders to retrieve it, resulting in one of the prisoners being killed. Jafar then kills one of his own guards for calling him "second". When Aladdin retrieves the lamp for Jafar, the latter coldly leaves the former to die in the cave, and later throws him into the ocean when he returns as Prince Ali. Upon retrieving the lamp, Jafar becomes Sultan and a powerful Sorcerer, sending Aladdin to a wasteland to die a slow and painful death. He then painfully tortures the Sultan and Jasmine's friend Dalia to force Jasmine to marry him just to spite her and the Sultan. When Jasmine and Aladdin steal the lamp from him he attacks them with a giant Iago and a twister, endangering civilians and destroying the Magic Carpet in the process. Upon retrieving the lamp, Jafar declares his intent to conquer several neighboring kingdoms in order to build himself a mighty empire. Upon transforming into a Genie he attempts to destroy Shirabad and spitefully drags Iago into the lamp with him when imprisoned.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film currently holds a 57% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics while the audience score is a much higher score of 92%. Disney was quick to note also that this score came from a new metric on Rotten Tomatoes which verifies that it's made up of people who actually bought a ticket to the movie.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Dalia is very popular not just among this film but all the Disney live action remakes, as a newly invented character who actually substantially adds to the story and becomes just as engaging as the people everyone came to see. Nasim Pedrad's Adorkable performance and chemistry with both Jasmine and Genie is also quality.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Marwan Kenzari as Jafar was immediately declared this to the extent #TeamJafar started trending and Rooting for the Empire to the extent of wishing he would marry Princess Jasmine.
  • Fanfic Fuel: There's an increased emphasis on Agrabah's diplomatic relations with other kingdoms, bringing up the question of just what those other kingdoms are like, especially with Jasmine's mother coming from one, and maybe even sending more envoys to the likes of Corona and Arendelle.
  • Fans Prefer the New Her: Aladdin's makeover into Prince Ali is meant to show him as a pompous dolt who needs to stop acting like royalty and just be himself, but the Prince Ali costume is much more appealing than his peasant garb. The shorter haircut as 'Ali' is more flattering too, though he does keep that once he's back as Aladdin.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The lyrics "brush up your Sunday salaam" in "Prince Ali" are changed to "brush up your Friday salaam." While "Sunday salaam" is obviously alliterative, Friday is the holy day of the week in Islam.
    • The giant bird that Iago transforms into during the climax is a roc, a mythological bird of prey that is prominently featured in Arabian Nights, of which the Aladdin story is a part.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Next to the U.S., the film's second most successful market is Japan, where it grossed over $100 million.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay:
    • Aladdin and Genie have just as much, if not more so than the original, due to Genie being much more humanoid here. It's a big moment when Genie calls Aladdin his friend, in the same scene tells him he's "breaking my heart" and the climax has a very long hug between them.
    • Jasmine and Dalia have a bit of Les Yay too. There's one scene where they're literally lying in bed together (well, on the bed) - and Jasmine even seems more worried for Dalia's safety than her own father's when Jafar starts abusing them. There's also Dalia's Big "NO!" at the idea of Jasmine marrying Jafar.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A significant portion of viewers had little to no interest in seeing the movie except for seeing how Will Smith's Genie measured up to the legendary Robin Williams. Despite many people's early trepidation, the praise Smith eventually received for his performance has led many people to call him mostly the only reason to see the movie.
  • Memetic Badass: Jasmine due to her big "Speechless" number. Her resolve to not be silenced is so strong, it literally makes everyone around her dissolve into dust as though they were snapped out of existence by the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The teaser poster's tagline "Choose wisely" had many cracking Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade jokes, like quipping about choosing the cup of a carpenter.
    • The teaser trailer's text dissolving like dust inevitably led to comparisons to the infamous finale of Avengers: Infinity War.
    • One of the promotional pictures featuring Genie talking to Aladdin led to jokes that Genie was telling Aladdin the story about how his life got flipped, turned upside down...
    • Will Smith as the blue Genie got made fun of and rounds on Twitter in no time. One famous meme is calling the Genie Will Smith's Stand.
    • People joked about the Magic Carpet being the best part of the Special Look trailer despite it being a merely background character.
    • The full trailer's focus on the Genie helping Aladdin romance Jasmine led to a lot of jokes that the movie is actually a remake of Hitch.
    • "This! Is! AGRABAH!" note 
    • The much slower tempo of "Prince Ali" has led to lots of people on YouTube telling others to play the song at 1.25x speed to get a tempo closer to the original.
      • Try to find a video for the remake's take on the song that doesn't have at least one comment mentioning the line, "Heard your princess was HOT, where is she?"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Jafar has this as an Establishing Character Moment where he forces a man at swordpoint to enter the Cave of Wonders, where at least the man's counterpart in the 1992 film entered willingly. Then he kills a servant for accidentally insulting him, and finally leaves Aladdin for dead in the Cave of Wonders. While it's not as dark as him attempting to kill him in the animated film, it's still very brutal, physically assaulting Aladdin with his foot to drop him directly.
  • Narm:
    • During "Prince Ali", there's a shot of a man with a ridiculously cheesy Colgate smile applauding the song like he's in a commercial. It's only a few seconds into the song too, begging the question of how he's that into it.
    • The scene where Aladdin is first called a street rat seems oddly forced into the moment, with half the lines cut and a lot of scorn coming from a character who has barely any reason to mock Aladdin (in the original Aladdin defied Prince Achmed and insulted him twice).
    • Jafar's Skyward Scream when he realizes Abu stole the lamp from him, is a bit hammy and over-the-top especially considering his Adaptational Personality Change.
    • Aladdin's screaming expression as the scene where he falls down into the ocean suddenly goes into slow motion can come off as very unintentionally comical.
    • Jafar's Evil Laugh. There's a reason he doesn't do it often compared to his animated counterpart, as it sounds incredibly forced and cheesy, both when he first calls Genie from his lamp and again as he's being transformed into a Genie himself.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The 2019 Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie, a British film-maker, and has attracted controversy for its casting of non-Arab actors and an African-American as Arab characters as well as its removal of animal companions. Once Upon a Time also presented Agrabah as a melting pot of various Middle-Eastern and Asian cultures. For example Jafar was first played by Naveen Andrews — who is Indian — and later replaced by Israeli actor Oded Fehr. Aladdin was played by an actor with Turkish ancestry, and Jasmine by an Indian-Chinese actress. Other cast members were of Indian ancestry or else Mexican in the case of Peter Gadiot.
    • It's also worth noting that the original animated film was a messy hodgepodge of cultures (with the source tale being set in China, but the film's location being inspired by the Middle East, yet still featuring abundant South Asian customs as well as some plainly North American humor or language). In some ways, the 2019 remake handles cultures a smidge better: Jasmine's mother is from another land that's implied to take after India (and Jasmine's actress is half-Indian); and her clothing is, aptly, much more ornate, rather than the animated Jasmine's more austere, but culturally perplexing costume. (It should be said that many South Asian fans criticize 2019 Jasmine's clothes for the execution, nonetheless.)
    • The first preview of Will Smith's Genie in his human form received a large amount of criticism for not being an animated figure despite the fact that every major live-action adaptation of Aladdin before this film, namely the Broadway and Disneyland stage show versions, featured a human Genie.
    • In the trailer, Jafar can be seen recruiting Aladdin as himself instead of disguised as an old man. Anyone who saw the stage musical will recognize this.
    • The novel A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale, ended with Jasmine as the new sultan. Thus, she proposed to Aladdin to be her consort, rather than the ruler-in-law.
  • The Scrappy: Prince Anders, who only shows up to act like a doofus for two scenes and serves no story purpose, leaving a lot of people with the impression that he exists solely because Disney was just that terrified of releasing a movie without a single white person in it, all the more inexplicable when the original didn’t even have one white person in it and it’s still a beloved classic.
  • So Okay, It's Average: While nowhere as tepidly received as the remake of Dumbo, the film is generally considered by critics to be a decent and enjoyable, but largely unnecessary remake that sags in parts and ultimately falls short of the 1992 animated movie.
  • Tainted by the Preview: The Special Look trailer has been very negatively received across the board, racking up 80 thousand dislikes within a day after being released. Generally, it has been criticized for being poorly put together with some calling it a fake trailer, but the specific points of contention were:
    • The reveal of Genie in blue was met with cries of "kill it with fire!!" from a number of people. Before the trailer's release, he was shown in human form, which drew derision across social media with doing comparisons to Kazaam and Goro, if not just editing Smith to have blue skin. Once his blue form was revealed, it was nothing like people expected because of the disproportionate CGI body with Will Smith's head on top of it.
    • Jafar, due to his unexpectedly high-pitched voice. Even those who were willing to overlook his Age Lift or costume design couldn't take him seriously because of the way he sounds more like a pretentious aesthete than a sinister arch-villain.
    • The "Prince Ali" number hasn't gone over well with audiences. The animated version (especially the Genie's moments) was known for being very frenetic, which the live-action version makes little effort to capture. Will Smith's singing voice sounds monotone, the performers and attendants aren't given enough focus, and the camera angles are fairly generic. It's also done at a much slower tempo (leading to many quips of "play it at 1.25x playback speednote  to get the proper tempo"). Even if you excuse the lack of special effects as being the result of this being a work in progress, it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in the final product.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Jafar's snake form is also Adapted Out. The climactic battle instead has him transform Iago into a giant bird to pursue the heroes, which many fans didn't find nowhere as threatening as Jafar's snake form.
    • Many also weren't pleased with Iago being turned into a "normal" parrot who barely speaks and is lacking in much of the personality he had in the original film and its sequels; with most also dubbing it a waste of Alan Tudyk's talents.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Early in the movie it’s mentioned that Jasmine’s mother, the queen, was killed. Given those exact words, the queen could have died in an accident, or murdered and maybe Jafar had something do with it, but this isn’t touched on.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • Many critical reviews have compared the film unfavorably to the original animated film, which was one of the best-received entries in the Disney Animated Canon. This is even acknowledged in the Rotten Tomatoes critics' consensus for the film:
      Aladdin retells its classic source material's story with sufficient spectacle and skill, even if it never approaches the dazzling splendor of the animated original.
    • Will Smith had big shoes to fill in as the Genie given how Robin William's performance was considered so iconic and endearing. To a lesser extent, he also had to follow in the footsteps of James Monroe Iglehart, who won a Tony Award for portraying a human Genie in the long-running Broadway adaptation. Fortunately, Smith's performance was widely praised for putting his own spin on the portrayal of the Genie as a wisecracking dating coach instead of shallowly imitating Williams and Iglehart.
    • Marwan Kenzari as Jafar and Alan Tudyk as Iago also suffer from this trope, considering they're portraying two of the most iconic Disney villains. While Jonathan Freeman was hammy and colorful, and Gilbert Gottfried gave a fun and snarky edge to his character, the 2019 versions lack the charisma that the 1992 versions excelled at giving off. Needless to say, though there's nothing technically wrong with Marwan and Alan and the two of them do decently enough, the original performances are sorely missed.
  • Uncanny Valley: Will Smith as the Genie in blue form looks very disconcerting to some people due to looking like a CGI creature with his face slapped on it. Even more so in motion. Much of the off-putting effect stems from director Guy Ritchie wanting the genie to have a photorealistic "70's dad bod" that doesn't match up with Will Smith's head, as while Smith is very fit and muscular, he doesn't have the brawny body, thick neck and large chin that the Genie has always been depicted with. Thankfully, he's more often seen in his regular-colored human form, which looks a lot more natural due to the lack of CGI.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Prince Anders may be dim and tactless, but he's not like Prince Achmed, who tried to whip children in the 1992 film. He tries his best to court the princess and acts similar to how "Prince Ali" does minus the jam scene. And despite Rajah attacking him, he stays in Agrabah for Jasmine's party a few days later. While he is a chump prince, he is more a "chump" than a jerk.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • One thing that is agreeable is that the Magic Carpet looks dandy in live-action.
    • The Friend Like Me sequence is as close as we've ever gotten to a Disney song sequence come to life.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The villain is obsessed with turning Agrabah into a militaristic country with heavily defended borders, and is opposed by a woman struggling to break into a highly sexist system that expects her to simply look pretty and say nothing. It doesn't take much stretching to connect it to America's political situation at the time of release.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After both the Teaser and the Special Look failed to wow audiences, especially with the terrible Genie, the first official Trailer won back many naysayers, especially towards Will Smith, who now think he's at least adequate to succeed Robin Williams. The first glimpse of Genie was also not the best example of how he would look, and later trailers showed cleaner visual effects and a more faithful style of Genie's powers.
  • Woolseyism: When Aladdin asks Jasmine why she's repeating everything he says, the Swedish subtitles read "Is it echoing here?"
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Casting the Anglo-Indian (and completely non-Arab) Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine has attracted controversy, with many criticizing it as being racist and colorist, given that Jasmine is obviously darker-skinned in the original (as well as in Ralph Breaks the Internet).
    • Will Smith as well. Not so much for the race issue (though some would've preferred an Arabian actor over an African-American to portray a creature of Arabian mythologynote ), but because he seems unusual and too ill-suited or strange a choice to play the Genie. While Smith has starred in plenty of comedies, he's not really that similar to Robin Williams' characters, who were the inspiration for most of Genie's quips. Smith's musical talent may help out though, given his singing career before going into acting. Also, since Williams' performance would be a Tough Act to Follow for anybody, casting someone who has a distinctly different yet still-outsized, charismatic persona and can approach the character from a fresh direction might be the best choice under the circumstances to downplay comparisons. It then didn't help when the preview pics came out showing a human Genie (simply Smith bald and with a ponytail) that he himself had to assure would only briefly look that way, but otherwise primarily be blue and CGI. Fortunately for Smith, his performance was well-received even by the film's harshest critics.
    • Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. While most fans are willing to accept the Age Lift, some feel that his performance lacks the charisma and menace that the original Jafar had on display, and that his voice sounds rather jarringly high-pitched and almost effeminate in contrast to Jonathan Freeman's deep and powerful voice from the original. Moreover, some fans felt that Numan Acar who portrayed Hakim would have been a more accepting casting choice given that he resembles traditional Jafar from the animation.
    • Alan Tyudk as Iago. In contrast to the original, this version of the character barely speaks and when he does, it’s often just stock phrases or stating the obvious, lacking the comical bad temper Gilbert Gottfried gave him that made the character so memorable. Overall, while Tudyk's performance wasn't necessarily bad given his experience and talent as a voice actor, it wasn't as iconic or memorable as Gottfried's depiction or Tudyk's other roles.

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