Disney is essentially printing money this year. Avengers: Endgame is the second highest grossing movie of all time, and The Lion King and Toy Story 4 are just around the corner.
This weekend? It's the arrival of Aladdin, complete with the internet-dividing big blue Will Smith as our wish granting Genie of the Lamp.
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The story is, of course, of street rat Aladdin who lands the services of a Genie who grants him three wishes.
He will embark on a mission to win the heart of Princess Jasmine, but he will have plenty of challenges to sing his way through on the way.
This is the break out role for Canadian actor Mena Massoud, and from the get-go, he and Naomi Scott as Jasmine bring exactly the right mix of feisty and fun.
Guy Ritchie seemed an odd choice to helm this, but it's the least Guy Ritchie movie he's ever made, which in this case is just fine and dandy.
But the big set pieces, particularly the beloved musical numbers, are delivered with pace and panache and are total crowd pleasers.
The two leads here in Massoud and Scott are in fact the fire in the belly of Aladdin - great chemistry and perfect amount of sass.
Fans of the music and the story should not be disappointed and while I wasn't entirely sold on Smith's genie he was by no means an epic fail.
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