Everybody see that live-action Disney Aladdin trailer? I knew they could never make it look as good as the animated original (case in point, Beauty and the Beast) but I think it looks so awful that not even morbid curiosity will make me pay for a ticket. I don’t think any living actor could portray Genie as masterfully as the late Robin Williams but Will Smith? Why? Don’t get me wrong, I love most of what Will Smith does – I grew up on his music, Fresh Prince, MIB, and Independence Day. Pursuit of Happyness proved to me that he’s a versatile and emotion-filled actor. Yes, Hancock was terrible and I never bothered with Hitch and his Youtube Rewind thing. But, overall, I think Will Smith is a cultural icon – likely why he was chosen to be Genie. But, Will Smith can only be Will Smith. I feel like in all his roles, he’s not playing a character, he’s playing himself in a new situation. Will Smith is pretending to be Genie and, from the small snippet we’ve seen, it painfully shows. Maybe it’s just me, but I really can’t see him in any fantasy role – he’s too modernly urban and (subjectively) cool. Close your eyes and imagine him playing Aragorn or even Leonidas or Xerxes – that level of cringe is what I experienced from that 1 minute trailer. Ugh.
Enjoy Scene 55 – “Kid Power”!
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