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Aladdin trailer is getting panned by fans over CGI and Jafar’s ‘unmenacing’ delivery

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Disney’s Aladdin has a new trailer and people have mixed reviews. Pic credit: Disney

During yesterday’s Grammy Awards, Disney released another trailer for the upcoming live-action movie for Aladdin.

The trailer raised new questions and criticisms from Disney fans, who had hoped to be blown away by the movie. Before we get into the criticism, watch the trailer below.

In this trailer, we were introduced to Jafar, who uttered his first words just 20 seconds into the new clip. Viewers were quick to point out that the live-action version of Jafar was nowhere near as menacing as the animated version.

It’s mostly his voice in the clip that had people talking on social media.

In the one-minute long trailer, viewers also got to see the blue Genie played by Will Smith and more of the live-action scenes using CGI.

“Genie looks straight out of Mortal Kombat,” one person wrote in the comment section for the trailer on YouTube. Others weren’t pleased with Jafar and the use of CGI.

“Holy sh*t, the CGI looks awful! o_O And why people keep forgetting how important voice acting is?! That [Jafar] sounds like a whiny teenager! I’m really sorry, I’m sure he is a fine actor but this role just doesn’t suit him,” another commenter wrote.

A third added, “This Jafar looks disappointing” and remarked that “the delivery of that line had no menace in it.”

Not everyone had something bad to say about the upcoming movie. A good handful of people were still excited about the live-action movie after seeing the new TV spot.

“Unpopular opinion…I think this looks like it will be a lot of fun!” one person wrote on Facebook, while another added, “I’m so here for this I’m loving everything about it except the fact Aladdin isn’t shirtless lol.”

It’s hard to ignore the fact that the Genie in the animated Disney movie was voiced by Robin Williams, who viewers fell in love with. As one person pointed out, those are big shoes to fill.

“It’s just not the same without [Robin] Williams and never will be no matter who [tries] to play the part. Will Smith has some big shoes to fill,” another user wrote on the Facebook post shared by Disney.

This wasn’t the first time Will Smith was criticized for his role as the Genie. In December 2018, the first look was revealed of the movie and Genie wasn’t blue.

That was highly criticized, but now that the Grammys trailer finally revealed a blue Genie, many people were still not pleased with how he ultimately looked.

Disney’s Aladdin hits theaters on May 24, 2019.


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