I saw the animated Disney movie Aladdin when it first came out in cinemas in 1992.
this was the first movie I ever saw in my life so naturally it will always stick out in my memory .
it was with great reluctance that I decided to go and see the new live action version knowing it would be different to how I remembered it even if by some miracle they managed to make everything exactly how it was in the first movie only using real people not pixelated transformations of pen and ink artistic offerings .
the first major change I noticed in the new movie was the way Aladdin got from the streets to the cave of wonders and how he met up with jafar .
in the original movie he doesn’t meet jafar until he gets thrown in prison.
jafar appears as a wizened old man who convinces Aladdin to escape from their predicament , forcing him to do him a favour in return for his kindness in helping him avoid a life rotting behind bars.
in the new version jafar meets up with Aladdin in a non penitentiary and far more palatial environment and doesn’t become imprisoned by anything other than a magical lamp.
in the original version Aladdin uses clever words to trick the genie into extricating him from trouble without saying the phrase I wish.
in this latest version Aladdin is far less linguistically ingenious and it is only the monkey rubbing the lamp instead of him that ensues his wish remains discounted .
I was told that will smith’s genie character would be rapping in this movie but I was disappointed that he was only rapping a little bit not all the way through.
the genie character was different in this movie because the genie becomes human.
in the original movie abu aladdins monkey friend touches a ruby that is resting on a monkey idol in the cave of wonders.
in the new version there is no monkey idol.
in the original movie the magic carpet was not trapped under any rock he was just flying around.
in the new movie Aladdin becomes the benefactor of the carpet by loosening the rocks grip on him.
in the original movie iago was fed crackers by the sultan.
when jafar became the sultan iago forced the sultan to eat the crackers.
this hilarious incident sadly was never replicated in the new movie.
as an adult I was more grossed out by the genie cross dressing as a woman during the prince ali song probably because it was more of a realistic portrayal than the original movie.
in the new movie we are introduced to a new character dahlia who is the handmaiden of jasmine .
dahlia later becomes genie’s wife when he takes on human form after he is freed from slavery to humans wishes by the benevolent Aladdin.
this time round the genie chooses to give Aladdin the ability to dance.
in the original movie Aladdin coasted on his natural charm alone .
the biggest tear jerker moment for me was seeing Aladdin and jasmine sing a whole new world together.
all those years ago I dreamed of finding a princess as beautiful as jasmine to fill my honey moon bed and my heart .
I haven’t entirely given up on that dream but I have found it extremely difficult to be patient as I work with God to make it come true.
the genie isn’t described as being all knowing like God is but he is described as being all powerful which is a lie cos the only being that possesses the ability to harness all power available in the universe is Elohim .
maybe sometimes its better to let cartoon movies from our childhood which we love and cherish remain stuck in our memory banks so they don’t become spoiled by comparison in later years when Hollywood attempts to recycle old ideas and squeeze fresh drops of greenback juice from the proverbial cash cow.
I was a fan of jasmines ambition to be a female sultan.
I thought it refreshing that she didn’t see her chief ambition in life to be somebodys wife although she still saw Aladdin as part of her life and she valued him for who he was not what he could bring to the table financially ( which was diddily squat) .
one interesting change from the original movie that the new one chooses to make is opting not to include the fact that in the original movie jasmine is under pressure to choose a suitor before she turns sixteen.
traditionally in muslim and middle eastern culture as well as in ancient roman times it was common to marry at the onset of puberty.
this was also true of pre Dickensian England to some degree.
if a woman didn’t marry at the dawn of adolescence often she was forced into a life of prostitution or begging on the streets if she didn’t have the protection of aristocratic peerage to prevent her from treading down this unwelcome path ( as perceived through the eyes of the majority of todays world or at least those who the eyes of the media focus on ).
in the new movie the blue diamond ring on the sultans finger is only a symbol of power.
in the original movie it has a magical ability to control people and is used by jafar to control the sultan.
in the new movie the sultan is controlled using the hypnotic effects of jafars snake sceptre which bizarrely still appears to work even after being whacked on the floor by Aladdin.
in the original movie there is no moment when jasmine quizzes Aladdin on the whereabouts of his kingdom forcing him to locate it on a map unlike in the new movie where the genies magic causes aladdins mythical homeland to appear out of nowhere on the parchment scroll.
I have to thank withashleyandco.com for reminding me that in the original Aladdin movie a man is swallowed whole by the lion like cave of wonders with a roaring fiery mouth.
no one gets pushed down a well in the new movie but jafar does this cruel act in the original one.
in the original movie abu is turned into a monkey by jafar .
in the new movie this trick is performed by the genie.
I didn’t pick up on the show of respect for muslims made by the creators of the new movie by changing sunday salaam to Friday salaam giving a more accurate reflection of the day of the week consider shabat for Islamic people or the day where we are supposed to rest from work and meditate on who God is .
it was hard for will smith to fill the big shoes left behind by robin Williams.
he doesn’t have the same talent for pulling off a multitude of accents or imitations of accents.
I was impressed by the gigantic golden camel in the prince ali song’s parade.
one major difference between the movies is in the original jasmine never visits Aladdin in his home before they get married and she does in the new one.
it is hard to decide who is in a worse situation when you compare the lives of Aladdin and jasmine prior to meeting each other.
jasmine had one dead mother and one living father.
Aladdin had two dead parents.
she lived in a palace and had garments that nobody but she was allowed to wear and the potential to access as many of them as she could ever possibly desire in one lifetime.
Aladdin had to steal for every mouthful that passed through his lips but conversely compared with jasmine he had the freedom to go anywhere he wanted and do whatever he liked.
it was obvious jasmine could see through him like cellophane as the wily lass eventually figured out he was never a prince but she didn’t let his deceitfulness prevent her from choosing him as a mate a move which some ladies might consider foolhardy cos if you don’t trust him before marriage its likely the snake will emerge from the grass in his personality further down the track.
of course God can change people.
they can only change however if they are willing to be changed their characters and personalities are never altered by coercion alone.
in the new movie the genie contradicts his statement about not causing people to fall in love cos the dancing abilities he gives Aladdin is one of the reasons jasmine falls in love with him.
she is love struck by his clumsy efforts to impress her.
it is not his skills that impress her but the fact that he made a fool of himself or just simply because he bothered to make an effort to claim her heart.
I don’t think the ambitions of women have changed since the nineteen nineties I just think in our modern world there is more of a push for women to seek purpose and identity outside the traditional role of being a homemaker.
this is fine for some women but it is not what every woman needs to be and it is not what every woman should be ( leader of the free world or flotus or potus ) cos not every woman desires the responsibility of running a country or wants to be a c e o .
it is awesome though that in our day and age this is an option for most women who live in western countries.
sadly this is not the case for those who don’t.
we must pray this world becomes a freer place where every woman is free to live out jasmines dream to take on whatever career path they choose and to have the kind of relationships with the opposite sex that result in neither partner or participant being dominant over the other.
this I believe is the world God intended us to live in before the fall ❤