Early reactions of Aladdin are making us excited for its UAE release
Aladdin marks an exciting point for cinema, as its success could spark a revolution for Arab-casting in Hollywood
A series of bad trailers made fans nervous, but the reception on Twitter seems positive about the film
Both Mena Massoud and Will Smith have received praise on social media for their characters
Here at Esquire, we know how important the success of this movie is for the Arab community in Hollywood, and with what’s happening on Twitter lately, celebrations may be in order.
Earlier this month, Aladdin star Mena Massoud talked to Esquire about just how important this new role was for him, and what having an Egyptian actor at the helm of this movie could mean for the Arab community as a whole.
Despite some rocky trailers and sceptical fans early on, it seems this film will achieve exactly what Massoud and others wished for. Critics have taken to Twitter over the last several days to praise the film and to praise performances from the likes of Will Smith and Massoud himself.
#Aladdin is going to be an instant childhood classic for a whole lot of kids. @MenaMassoud and @NaomiScott are utterly delightful together. Massoud has Aladdin's trademark cheeky charm for days.— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) 19 May 2019
The film had its flaws, it may not get 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it seems to be exactly what Disney fans would love, a fun and cheerful recreation of a childhood classic.
So #Aladdin is Disney's second-best recent remake, after Pete's Dragon.
Proudly a musical fantasy adventure, the jokes are strong, Smith's Genie is a lot of fun, the human leads work well. It's 20 minutes too long, but works a charm for the entire run.
Will Smith credits rap!!!— Andrew Jones Hosts A Fun Show (@EthanRunt) 8 May 2019
The film will hit the UAE screens on the 23rd of May, we’ll let you know what we think then. If you're looking to see the film as soon as possible, we recommend you head over to VOX Cinema in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi where at 9:30pm there will be a special Gala screening where the ticket profits will go towards the Make-A-Wish UAE charity.