I’m not digging it. The first full Aladdin live action trailer came out yesterday, and I just…I dunno, it seems too busy. Obviously there’s a lot of style and pizzazz and stuff. It all makes sense. But it looks too…I dunno. Tacky? Gaudy? Perhaps it’s just not my style of design aesthetic.
What do you think? The cartoon Aladdin is one of the best. Can this live action one live up to that energy? Also, for the record, I have zero problems with the Will Smith genie. Looks fine to me.
For reasons that are probably insane, my favorite character in Aladdin was Magic Carpet. I like sidekicks and supporting characters, especially sentient vehicle sidekicks. We can blame Benny the Cab for that.
But where is he in the new Aladdin live action trailer?
Everybody’s talking about Will Smith as the blue Genie, but he looks and acts exactly like Will Smith as a blue Genie. I want more Magic Carpet!
Oh wait, I just re-watched the trailer before posting this. We do see him in the background in the Genie reveal scene. Alright then, I’m satisfied. Go about your business.
I think this blog is testament to the fact that I am a pop culture aficionado. I love movies, TV shows, books, comics, video games and all manner of storytelling and fiction. I hope to be a fiction writer myself some day, and am even working on my own comic book. And like all good people of this Earth, I have my favorite characters in my favorite media.
But sometimes, those favorites don’t make much sense.
Leonardo is my favorite Ninja Turtle because of his noble spirit and badass katana blades. The Green Ranger is my favorite Power Ranger because he was this cool, rebellious sixth Ranger. Multiple Man is my favorite superhero because I like his sense of humor, and because he was one of the characters who helped usher young Sean into a better understanding of superhero comics. I love Robin the Boy Wonder because I’ve always considered myself more of a sidekick than a leader, especially when compared to some of my more alpha male friends back in my youth.
But there are some characters out there whom I love passionately, but have no legitimate reason why. Join me after the jump to find out who!