The date is February 11th, 2019. The Clock Out has not yet been released to the public, but I need to put pen to paper how upset I am with what I was just exposed to. I woke up this morning think it was another Monday, but upon checking twitter, the video below was revealed to me.
What a terrible way to start the week.
I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical when Disney announced all of these live action remakes a couple years back, but all of my worries were washed away when I saw The Beauty and the Beast remake. That movie was incredibly well done and I enjoyed every minute of it. So when the original announcement came for Aladdin (my personal favorite Disney movie) I had high hopes. Until I saw this trailer.
Obviously, there is no replacing Robin Williams as the genie. It was just never going to be the same and I think everyone has come to accept that. Needless to say, Will Smith has a big ass lamp to fill. But this?
My god. Twitter is raging with the criticism of this trailer. The memes. OH THE MEMES. And honestly, all of the backlash this is getting is 110% deserved. The costume designer and CGI personnel need to be fired instantly. I stand with the internet. Will Smith’s genie is an absolute nightmare.
Now, I am not saying his character won’t be good. I have faith in Will Smith as an actor and trust he will do an adequate job in the role. What I am concerned with is that I can’t even take this movie seriously anymore. That is a phony looking genie. It is a disservice to genies the world over if I am being honest. If I had 3 wishes, at least one of them would be spent wishing I’d never see Will Smith’s genie ever again. In no particular order, I would change: the hair, the skin, the makeup, the jewelry, the everything. Just go back to the drawing board and start from scratch.
I watched Aladdin until the black and white fuzzy strip from the worn out film covered the entire frame of our 26″ tube TV. Okay I may be embellishing a bit here, but the sentiment remains. Aladdin is an all-time great movie and I speak for Robin Williams, myself, and every other child from the 80’s and 90’s when I say we deserve better. If you’re gonna do it, do it right. And this ain’t it.