Will Smith's genie leaves Aladdin fans unimpressed

Will Smith's genie leaves Aladdin fans unimpressed

Will Smith's genie leaves Aladdin fans unimpressed

Disney released a new trailer for the remake of the 1992 movie during the Grammy Awards and it's the first time we've got a glimpse of Smith in all his blue glory as the wish-granting character. An early teaser trailer showed us mostly sand dunes.

However, other film fans who said they would wait to make their minds up when the movie is released in May.

Ian Hecox pondered if this is the real deal: "Either this is a super clever marketing troll by Disney, and this isn't what the genie will actually look like for Aladdin or". (Personally, while it's a bit unremarkable, I don't see anything bad in the footage.) It's important to remember that, with the film's release more than three months away, animation is likely incomplete.

Viewers have commented that Smith's Genie looks like dreamt up for a horror movie, not a Disney flick. Canadian actor Mena Massoud plays Aladdin, with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. As he wrote in a post on Instagram, "I told y'all I was gon' be Blue!"


But even though we have a blue genie in our hands, fans were not happy with how horrendous CGI-fied Will Smith is looking in the trailer. Smith's Genie will bust out of the magic lamp in the live-action Aladdin soon enough, no matter if you find him shining, shimmering, and splendid or a thing of actual nightmares. The Genie, Jasmine and Aladdin appear in the latest trailer for the film, giving fans a first look at Smith's character. "I want my Disney villains twirling the mustaches and cackling, not sound like the soothing voice on a self-help DVD ("...your life begins now...").

Will Smith's Genie certainly is a lot more busy and involved than Robin Williams, but is it better?

Produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, the film will hit theaters on May 24, 2019.

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