On its opening weekend Aladdin received a whopping $207 million worldwide, it soared way past predictions and delighted viewers globally. The movie-starring Will Smith as the genie – received mixed responses from film critics with a 58% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. To put this into perspective, the original Aladdin received a 94% positive rating and Disney’s 2015 remake of Cinderella received an 84% positive review, showing critics didn’t think the new movie compared.
Nevertheless, the movie received a much better response from fans and from the Kernel review team who gave it 4 stars out of 5 and described it as ‘enjoyable’ and ‘made you felt like you were in the movie.’ It is also shown through the 94% verified audience score also on Rotten Tomatoes. The remake had large boots to fill, but with the help of Will Smith as the genie, they were able to smash their targets.
The soundtrack is mostly similar to the previous Aladdin movie, which was animated, although included a few new tracks which have been described as ‘forgettable’ and ‘not great’ from Kernel’s movie review ‘Aladdin Review – A Whole Newer World’ and also in the Kernel Talks Podcast. Many others and I agree and may be the reason movie critics believed this movie isn’t the best. After all a Disney movie is not complete without an iconic soundtrack, the much-loved classics are included, such as ‘A Whole New World’, which are better than ever!
In the USA the movie brought in a whopping $112.7 million over the Memorial Day weekend, which is much higher than anticipated. Worldwide the response to the movie has been positive with audiences of all ages and from all corners of the globe. This will give Disney confidence for its string of Disney classic live action remakes coming up such as ‘Mulan’ and ‘The Lion King’, both which are expected to also thrive at the box office.