Updated: Nov 11, 2019
Aladdin, a street boy and Jafar, a Grand Vizier compete to get hold of a magic lamp that makes your wishes come true.
It’s hard to imagine a world without Aladdin (1992). Almost instantly, its magic was acknowledged – it became the highest grossing movie of 1992 and the first animated picture to reach half-a-billion dollars. The movie immerses the audience into the fantastical world of Arabia and follows the street bandit, Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in their escapades across the city of Agrabah.
It is a tale of promises and following your dreams. It conveys its message – that one gets nowhere by pretending – through ravishing performances, eye-popping designs and an infectious (critically acclaimed) soundtrack. Robin Williams gives one of his most charismatic performances as the enchanting Genie. His presence steals the show completely; it’s as if Robin William’s larger-than-life personality manifests very literally into the gargantuan blue figure everytime the Genie appears on screen.
Aladdin’s use of soundtrack was revolutionary – it served to further the plot. While that is commonplace today, believe it or not, only a few animated features up until that point embedded into each outburst of song crucial plot developments and so punished anyone in the audience who tried skipping the musical moments of the film. In Aladdin, each number excels as its own, singular event – it will have even the most hard-headed adults humming on their way back from the cinema. The action sequences too were revolutionary in nature, coupling caricaturistic blows left right and center with genuine comic relief and humour; pacing the colourful on-screen setpieces with moments of quiet wit and offbeat banter.
It’ll have you spending your third wish on a one-way trip to Arabia.
It boasts a straightforward, yet memorable plot, an abundance of endearing characters, a soundtrack which is equally unforgettable as it is functional, coupling it with extraordinarily executed so-called “frills” of filmmaking (set, character design etc.) and a knockout performance by Robin Williams. It’ll have you spending your third wish on a one-way trip to Arabia.