aladdin clip

Brush up your Sunday salaam, because Will Smith is performing his show-stopping version of one of Aladdin‘s most beloved songs: “Prince Ali.” But we’ll leave it up to your interpretation as to whether that’s a good or bad version of show-stopping. Watch the new Aladdin clip below.

Aladdin Clip

One of the biggest advantages of casting Will Smith as the Genie — a role that any actor would feel burdened to take on after Robin Williams’ iconic performance — is the actor’s inherent charisma. Smith is arguably one of Hollywood’s last movie stars, whose larger-than-life screen presence alone can drastically improve a film. So when Smith’s charisma doesn’t even make this performance of “Prince Ali” enjoyable, then we’ve got a problem.

Smith just looks awkward here, engaging in some slow, simple dance moves but mostly gesturing at the spectacle around him. But spectacle may be putting it kindly: they’re gaudy approximations of the animated film’s hundreds of dancers, animals, and colors. In direct contrast to the frenzied, colorful chaos of the original animated film, this number just seems uninspired. I’ll admit I don’t hold out a lot of hope that the live-action remake of Aladdin will be amazing, and this clip doesn’t inspire much confidence.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, who co-wrote the film with John AugustAladdin opens in theaters on May 24, 2019.

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia and Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders.

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