Last night we went to a prescreening of the new live action Aladdin movie. I’ll be the first to say I was leary of this one. I mean, how can you compete with the greatness that was Robin Williams? I decided to go in and give Will Smith and Aladdin the benefit of the doubt and I’m so glad I did. After watching the movie I have some suggestions for moms of little ones. Let me answer the question, “Is Aladdin appropriate for kids?
Is Aladdin appropriate for kids
**Disclaimer** These are my opinions. I know that all parents have different standards for their children. Please understand that I am only sharing this from the perspective of my own parenting experience.
Was there cursing in Aladdin?
I am so happy to report that Disney didn’t include a single curse word in this movie. In fact, they didn’t even use less colorful words like crap or shut up that would bother moms of younger children. This movie is completely clean when it comes to the language. I was very happy to hear a movie that was clean for little ears.
Was there sexual innuendo in Aladdin?
There was no sexual innuendo whatsoever in this film. In fact, I was happy to see a Jafar that was closer to the age of our main characters. The older Jafar in the original always gave me the creepy uncle feel that was so uncomfortable. This new version of the movie skipped sexual innuendo and let the story line build itself naturally. There were only 2 kisses and they were very simple and only used to move the story forward.
Was there violence in Aladdin?
There was some mild violence in this movie. I don’t believe it would be troubling for younger children as lost of it was part of a fun scene. That said, there were two areas in the film that might be triggering for children. There is a scene were Jasmine is grabbed pretty hard by the arms and escorted elsewhere. If you have a child who is sensitive this may bother them. There is also the evidence of the tirant that is Jafar in the way he chooses to torture. This may scare younger moviegoers.
Was Jasmine modest?
One of the questions I’ve been asked is how they will approach the costuming of Jasmine in this film She is incredibly modest while keeping a timeless beauty! I was so impressed with some of the outfits she wore in this movie as they offered a more attainable option for young girls.
Will Aladdin scare my kids?
This will depend greatly on the age of your children. There were a few scenes that I could see causing some fear in younger viewers. The scene with the cave of wonders could be a bit intense for younger viewers. Plan to comfort them if they get scared. The other area younger children might struggle is with Jafar. He definitely takes a turn for the darker in the end. The entire feel of the film and his character takes on a much darker feel that may scare younger viewers. That said, the movie as a whole won’t have this impact.
Was there alcohol in Aladdin?
I will be honest. I was so captivated by the movie that I didn’t check what kind of drinks there were at the parties. I will say that there were no references to alcohol for leisurely purposes. There wasn’t a glorification or drinking or alcohol in order to loosen up or party. If there was alcohol, it was a backdrop item and not a feature point in any way.
Were there any themes children might not understand in Aladdin?
In this movie, there is a great deal of focus on power and control. Themes such as who should rule a country, whether women are qualified to lead, and using mind control to get your way might be a bit over a child’s head. Some of the overarching themes of the storyline might be a bit much for younger children but it is done in a way that young children can still enjoy the movie without feeling like they are missing out on something. There may also be some questions about why Aladdin is essentially a homeless orphan that may need to be answered after watching the movie.
But, was it a good movie?
So, I took more skepticism to this movie than I have to many of the recent remakes. After all, how do you remake Aladdin without Robin Williams? I’ll say this, you do it with Will Smith. I didn’t believe he could handle it and now I can’t picture anyone but him as the live action Genie! He did a brilliant job of making it his own and clearly stepping in a different direction with the genie.
I was very thankful that Will Smith didn’t try to copy the greatness that came before him. Instead, he brought his own unique flair to the role!
Let’s talk about Aladdin. The casting on this one was absolutely brilliant! It was like he jumped from the cartoon and right into life. He did an incredible job of making the character relatable while staying true to the essence of Aladdin. The Aladdin we’ve always known and loved is still there but with added depth and value.
What about Jasmine?
Jasmine was the princess I wish I would have had when I was young and she is the princess I am proud to have for my daughter. She is strong, full of grace, and honest about what she is and is not. I loved to see an authentic, modest, real woman with struggles, sadnesses, and hopes bigger than her lot in life. It was breath taking to see such a strong and beautiful woman on the screen.
While I loved the character of Jasmine in the cartoon version, I believe the live action gave Jasmine so much more depth and relatability for me. She was the most profound and incredible princess and will be up there with Belle for me after this one. I hope my daughter saw the depth of her character and the height of how amazing she was as a woman to look up to. She truly was so well written.
Was there a new song in Aladdin?
Yes. There is a new song and it is a woman’s honest war cry. It’s the truth and depth of Jasmine rolled into one and will be my new favorite song without question. I loved the message behind it and the things she learned throughout the movie. There is a new song but it is the perfect fit for this movie.
Was Aladdin exactly like the original?
No. There were some changes for the better in my opinion. Some things you knew from the original won’t be there while lines you knew and loved may have been changed or removed. It’s not the original but it is incredible.
Did I dislike anything?
Ok. So let’s just be real. There was one specific song/scene where they didn’t do as good as we hoped. The initial Aladdin song with him meeting Jasmine and stealing for the first time has a timing issue. The people seem like they almost sped the film a half step too quick. It doesn’t synchronize with the music well and feels fake. That said, that’s the only scene I felt had issues.