The first trailer for the live action remake of Aladdin aired during Sunday night’s Grammy Awards and for the most part looked great. We loved the first one minute and five seconds of the trailer…but it was the last five seconds that we’re not totally sold on just yet.
There’s the ominous opening with Jafar, played by Marwan Kenzari, who we can already see is the bad guy that gives us good feelings. He of course enlists poor orphan Aladdin to do his dangerous bidding.
There’s the brave and noble Aladdin, played by Canadian (whoop whoop!) Mena Massoud and his trusty sidekick Abu, who both know shit is about to go down in that cave.
We see the beautiful fictional Arabian city of Agrabah.
And the even more beautiful Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott.
The Guy Ritchie-directed film has some incredible special effects.
But not all the CGI is getting rave reviews. What. Happened. To. Will. Smith. Question. Mark. Exclamation. Mark.
It’s kinda weird, right? Like, we don’t think there’s a natural way to turn a human man into a blue genie and not make it look weird, but this is a lot. If we only had one wish it would be to abandon the Disney precedent set by the animated Robin Williams and just make Will Smith look like a normal, not-blue Hulk.
No surprise, people have some feelings about Will Smith’s blue makeover and they’re not great. Issa look. Issa vibe. Issa bad idea.
the new aladdin film with will smith looks great! pic.twitter.com/lSRxDlyIrA
— Rebel Scum Finn (@realtraitorfinn) February 11, 2019
The Aladdin teaser trailer looks absolutely fine pic.twitter.com/LKItc0xR6n
— Nibel (@Nibellion) February 11, 2019
— Dana Bane (@Ocucuco) February 11, 2019
— Ren Geekness Α&Ω (@RenGeekness) February 11, 2019
Disney took Shrek the Musical and made it into #Aladdin.
Change my mind. pic.twitter.com/L6xJEm5b5G
— Callum (@callumlwale) February 11, 2019
— Q U I N N (@QuinnKeaney) February 11, 2019
— Plop Culture (@PlopCultureUK) February 11, 2019
— Nathan Eisler (@eisler_nathan) February 11, 2019
i love how the genie looks in the new aladdin movie pic.twitter.com/30gw4Jusof
— Carter Hardin (@CarterHardin) February 11, 2019
— Fat Pete (@fatpete_86) February 11, 2019
— Photo Negative Mickey (@mickey1_photo) February 11, 2019
Aladdin (2019) pic.twitter.com/2gWg6j4i62
— MeroStation ❁ (@MeroStation) February 11, 2019
Aladdin is the latest children’s film remake to debut its new trailer, with Toy Story 4, Dumbo, and The Lion King all set to premiere this year. The biggest difference so far is that none of the other trailers have terrified viewers. Let’s hope that the rest of the film reels in the CGI.
Aladdin opens in theatres on May 24.