I think this is going to be an interesting year given how we have 2 Live-action Disney remakes of 2 classics from the 1990's in Aladdin & The Lion King
While I was not a huge fan of the original 1992 movie for Aladdin, I did enjoy it for what it was. You had a great art style and cast along with the late Robin Williams as the Genie which if I'm being honest is an incredibly tough act to follow. But to be fair to Robin he did always set the bar extremely high as the talented entertainer that he was.
Naomi Scott is more than capable as an actress for I thought she was good as a 21st Century take on Kimberley Hart as the Pink Ranger in 2017's Power Rangers and the fact that she looked so much like the original played by Amy Jo Johnson was a major plus. So for her, I think she'll do the role of Princess Jasmine justice.
Mena Massoud as Aladdin I have no idea how he will do as I've never seen him act so I guess I'll reserve my opinion of him til I see him perform.
Will Smith as the Genie. This is what I think will either make or break the movie. Now I would like to make it clear that I am huge fan of Will Smith from his music and to his acting performances from I am Legend, Bad Boys, Independence Day, Hitch, the Pursuit of Happiness (a personal favorite of mine) and playing the titular character from the sitcom the Fresh Prince of Bel-Ai which celebrates it's 30th Anniversary next year.
It will be different. He will have the savvyness and charm to make it work but I think what may hinder this portrayal is that many fans of the original will already go into this movie comparing it to Robin Williams' performance.
Robin's version of the Genie is so treasured with the fans of the animated version that they will be watching Will's closely.
For me, I say the best of luck to Will. He has the capacity to make his roles work. It's just down to the audience if they think it will. Because that's an actor's bread and butter.
I suppose my concern with the Disney remakes is why are we taking movies that are already perfect classics and re-adapting them in Live-action format?
Because to me, the logic of taking something that was already decent just to re-do it doesn't make any logical sense nor the merit to do.
I could understand if the originals were terrible beyond recognition then that would warrant a necessity to remake these movies to do them with the original vision in mind and putting out a story that is satisfying to both the audience and the film makers.
I have very fond memories of seeing the Lion King in early 1995 when it was still showing in Theaters and it's a movie that has held up incredibly well.
And that's another thing I don't completely understand. Disney had a unique art style with use of color, shading, lighting and story-telling that they seem to have abandoned that in favor of muted color tones and doing either live-action with CG or just CG on its own.
I like that James Earl Jones has returned to reprise his role as Mufasa. He is the only one in my opinion that can do that voice justice, Why they couldn't get Nathan Lane to reprise his role as Timon is beyond me as he made that role his own, As for Donald Glover voicing adult Simba I'll have to wait and see. He's a more than capable actor of making anything work so we'll just have to see on his take and how it compares with Matthew Broderick's Portrayal.
I have concerns with this one.
Considering how Captain Marvel witnessed a steep drop in Box Office takings after it's first week and now that she's been added to the Avengers lineup for this sequel could go either way.
That and there's also word-on-the-wire that End Game could be 3 hours long.
Considering all the stories that have led to this point since 2008's Iron Man and its supposed to be the story to end all stories then I suppose it will have to be something special to end on. Because how do you come back from what Thanos did in the last movie?
Furthermore, you have to believe that the actors are probably suffering from burn-out at this stage when you consider that RDJ has been playing Tony Stark/Iron Man since 2008 and Chris Evans has been Captain America since 2011. We know it's his last movie. Which is sad because he has been one of the main pillars of the MCU since taking up the mantle as the First Avenger. Which is ironic when most of us wrote him off when the announcement was made that he was playing Steve Rodgers when it had only been 4 years since he had first played the irresponsible and reckless Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch from the Fantastic 4 and Rise of the Silver Surfer.
But he proved us all wrong. So knowing that this is his swan-song is sad but you know that Marvel will leave a lasting impression with Cap either retiring or going the way of Wolverine in 2017's Logan. My prediction's on the latter.
Yes. This year will be interesting. Whether you think that's good or bad is up to you.
Leave your thoughts on what you make of the remakes and the 4th Avengers movie.
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