'Aladdin' trailer: Will Smith's genie overshadowed by brilliance of the late Robin Williams
Fans take to social media to express their disappointment with the looks and vibes of Will Smith played Genie in the upcoming Guy Ritchie movie
Disney revealed the much-awaited trailer of the live action version of 'Aladdin' during the Grammys, and though much anticipated it unfortunately it failed to keep up with the expectations of people. Usually known for their brighter plot line with a pinch of darkness, the upcoming fantasy adventure film starring Will Smith as Genie gives viewers a gothic vibe and makes them believe that they have time traveled into an era where mystery and magic are dark and complex.
We also see Mena Massoud playing the role of Aladdin, Naomi Scott in the character of Princess Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar in the Guy Ritchie fare. While the trailer tries hard to whet the appetite of fans eager for the release of the film, unfortunately, it falls short of pulling the audience by a thread. Even Smith fails to capture our attention in his role as a Genie.
The original animated movie, which was released in 1992, became famous for its action-packed plot line, punctuated with dollops of humor.
While the love story between Aladdin, voiced by Scott Weigner, and Princess Jasmine, voiced by Linda Larkin, made us believe in love again, it was the comedic persona of Genie, voiced by Robin Williams, that stayed with people for the longest time.
Williams was always known for going the extra mile while playing any character, giving them all a twist uniquely his own. Williams convinced us that no two characters are the same even though it might be one actor playing the part. Prior to seeing him as Gennie, we had seen Williams' performances in several other genres, but with this character, he was able to make a room for himself in the hearts of young children.
His innocent outlook sprinkled with laughter made people love his character instantly. At the same time, he taught us a valuable lesson: No matter how hard a situation, it is alright to look for a bit of humor in it, and sometimes, it is okay to be scared.
Even his friendship with Aladdin makes us wish that we had a Genie in our life.
In the trailer, we see Smith trying his best to step into the shoes of Williams, but it looks like they were too big to be filled to begin with.
Sadly, the dialogues fail to elicit any laughter or amuse us and rather than being the best version of Genie, Smith's character turns out to be a version that one did want to see. Even people on the internet seemed to echo similar thoughts. "So #willsmith as #genie is even worse than we all thought... ," wrote one user. While another added, "This is wrong on so many levels. #Genie."
Some people seemed to miss Williams character as well. "I’m sorry but without Robbin Williams the genie just isn’t good. No one can play the genie better then him," one fan noted, while another added, "I'm sorry but Disney could have easily dubbed Robbin Williams voice and created a cgi genie like die hard fans would have loved to hear him as the genie once again."
It seems like some things are good when they are left alone and Aladdin's trailer regretfully has become one example of it.
The movie is set to release on May 24, 2019, and we have our fingers crossed hoping the movie is going to be better than what the trailer promises.