Starring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Numan Acar
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Disney’s live action musical fantasy adventure directed and co-written by Guy Ritchie. Based on Disney’s 1992 animated movie, which follows Aladdin (Mena Massoud), a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets the Sultan’s (Navid Negahban) daughter, Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), who wants to have a say in how she lives her life.
Aladdin’s luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. What he unwittingly gets is a fun-loving Genie (Will Smith), who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know is that the Sultan’s sinister advisor Jafar (Marwan Kenzari), has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp.REVIEWS
Our Favorite Quote:'Here's the thing about wishes. The more you have, the more you want.' - Genie (Aladdin) Click To Tweet 'If you don’t have anything, you have to act like you own everything.' - Aladdin (Aladdin) Click To Tweet
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 55)
Omar: Their ship is so big.
Lian: Wish ours was that fancy. I’d be so happy if ours was that fancy, because then…
Mariner: Why is that? Because is looks better? This boat has seen us through many a storm. It may not look like much, but it has something theirs never will.
Omar: What? Wood rot and rats?
[to the guard, referring to the prisoners ]
Jafar: You bring me the rough, but never a diamond. Take them away. Take them away.
Jasmine: And thank you for getting me out of there. Aladdin, isn’t it?
Aladdin: Uh, you’re welcome…
Jasmine: Um, I’m Dalia.
Aladdin: Dalia. From the palace.
Jasmine: How could you tell?
Aladdin: Well, only someone from the palace could afford a bracelet like that. And that silk lining is imported too. It comes from the merchant boats straight to the palace, but not to servants. At least not most servants. Which means you are a handmaid to the Princess.
Aladdin: You think that’s impressive. You should see the city from up there.
Jasmine: Agrabah. It’s so beautiful. I should get out more.
Aladdin: You should tell the Princess to get out more. The people haven’t seen her in years.
Jasmine: They won’t let her. Ever since my, the Queen was killed, the Sultan’s been afraid. So she’s kept locked away.
Aladdin: Seems everyone’s been afraid since then. But the people of Agrabah had nothing to do with that. The people loved her.
Jasmine: They did, didn’t they?
[referring to the oud]
Jasmine: Is this yours?
Aladdin: It’s kind of borrowed.
[Jasmine starts playing a tune on the oud]
Aladdin: My mother taught me that song.
Jasmine: Mine too.
Aladdin: It’s all I remember of her.
Jasmine: And what about your father?
Aladdin: I lost them both when I was young. Been on my own ever since. It’s alright, it’s just…
Aladdin: It’s a little sad, having a monkey as the only parental authority in your life.
Aladdin: We get by. Every day, I just think things will be different, but it never seems to change. Just sometimes, I feel like I’m…
Jasmine: Trapped. Like you can’t escape what you were born into?
Aladdin: It’s just another prince coming to court the princess.
Jasmine: Yes, and I have to get her ready. Oh, do you have my bracelet?
[he pats his pockets trying to find it]
Aladdin: I’m sure I put it in here. Somewhere. Abu, did you take it?
Jasmine: That was my mother’s bracelet.
Aladdin: Yes, it’s beautiful.
Jasmine: You are a thief.
Aladdin: No. No. Yes, but…
Jasmine: I was so naive.
Jasmine: Excuse me.
[Jasmine turns and walks off]
Aladdin: Wait. Wait. Wait! Wait, it’s not like that!
[referring to Abu taking Jasmine’s bracelet]
Aladdin: Abu. There’s a time that we do steal, and a time we don’t. This was definitely a don’t.
Jasmine: But Dalia, there has to be something I can do.
Dalia: A handsome prince wants to marry you. Oh, when will life get easier?
Jasmine: It’s not that I don’t want to marry, it’s just…
Dalia: You want to be sultan. But why?
Jasmine: You remember my mother used to say, “We would only ever be as happy as our least happy subject.” If she saw what I saw today, she would be heart broken.
Dalia: She would also want you to be safe. And clean. I’ll draw the bath.
[after Aladdin turns up at her rooms in the palace to return her bracelet]
Jasmine: How did you get past the guards?
Aladdin: That was challenging. But I have my ways. While the Princess is out, would you like to go for a stroll? Have a little chat?
Jasmine: You’re unbelievable. You cannot just break into a palace and walk around like you own the place.
Aladdin: If you don’t have anything, you have to act like you own everything. So, what do you say? I did find your bracelet.
Jasmine: You did not find it, you stole it.
Aladdin: Correction, the monkey stole it.
Jasmine: He’s your monkey.
Aladdin: He’s still just a monkey.
Aladdin: Where am I?
Jafar: In a world of trouble, boy.
Aladdin: That bracelet. Is that what this is about? Because I didn’t steal it. The handmaid…
Jafar: What was a handmaid doing wearing the Queen’s bracelet?
Aladdin: The Queen? No, no. She said that it belonged to…
Jafar: Her mother. Well, at least she told the truth about one thing.
Aladdin: Are you saying that was the Princess? I was talking to the…
Jafar: She was toying with you. It amuses her to meet commoners. Did you actually think she liked you?
Jafar: What do they call you?
Jafar: Aladdin. People like us must be realistic.
Jafar: You see, I was once like you. A common thief. Only I thought bigger. Steal an apple, and you’re a thief. Steal a kingdom, and you’re a statesman. Only weak men stop there. You’re either the most powerful man in the room, or you’re nothing. You, you stumbled upon an opportunity. I can make you rich. Rich enough to impress a princess. But nothing comes for free.
Aladdin: What would I have to do?
Jafar: There’s a cave nearby, and in it, a simple oil lamp. Retrieve it for me, and I will make you wealthy enough to impress a princess. You’re nothing to her. But you could be. Your life begins now, Aladdin.
Jafar: [to Aladdin] The Cave of Wonders. When you enter, you will see more riches than you ever dreamed of. Gold, diamonds, and the lamp. Bring it to me and I will make you rich and free. But take no other treasure, no matter how sorely you are tempted. And you will be tempted.
[as Aladdin approaches the cave, it opens up]
Cave of Wonders: Only one may enter here. One whose worth lies far within. A diamond in the rough.
Jafar: Remember, take nothing but the lamp.
[as Aladdin picks up the lamp, Abu touches one of the jewels in the cave]
Aladdin: Abu, no!
Cave of Wonders: You have touched the forbidden treasure! Now, you will never again see the light of day!
[as Aladdin is trying to escape from the closing cave]
Aladdin: Could you give me a hand?
Jafar: First, the lamp.
Aladdin: No, no, first, your hand.
Jafar: We don’t have much time. Give me the lamp.
[Aladdin gives Jafar the lamp]
Aladdin: Your hand!
Iago: Second no more, Master.
Aladdin: Now, your hand!
Jafar: How about my foot?
[Jafar kicks him off the ledge]
[Abu jumps onto Jafar]
Jafar: Get off me, monkey!
[the cave closes with Aladdin still inside]
Iago: Dirty monkey.
[just then Jafar notices that he doesn’t have the lamp and yells out]
[Abu offers the lamp he’d taken off Jafar to Aladdin]
Aladdin: Abu. How did you…? You cunning little monkey. Now, all we need’s a way out. Hey, carpet, do you know a way out of here?
[carpet points to the lamp]
Aladdin: The lamp?
[Aladdin rubs Genie’s lamp and Genie emerges]
Genie: O great one who summons me. Terrible one who commands me. I stand by my oath. Loyalty to wishes three.
[Aladdin is speechless with shock]
Genie: I said, O great… Excuse me. Boy, where’s your boss? Help me out here, where’s your boss? If I was going to talk to myself, I coulda just stayed in the lamp.
[Aladdin is still shocked and speechless]
Genie: Use your big boy voice.
Aladdin: I’m talking to a smoking blue giant?
Genie: No! I am not a giant. I am a genie. There’s a difference. Giants are not real.
Genie: Where’s your boss?
Aladdin: Um, my boss?
Genie: Look, kid, I’ve been doing this a long time, alright? There’s always a guy, you know. He’s cheated somebody, or buried somebody, or, I mean, you get my point. Where’s that guy?
Aladdin: I know that guy. He’s outside.
Genie: So, it’s just you and me down here, and a monkey. That’s your personal business, but we going to need to talk about that monkey later. Such a pretty little monkey. So, you rubbed the lamp?
Genie: Hey, do you mind if I just stretch it out over here? Do you mind?
Aladdin: Uh, are you asking me?
Genie: You’re my master.
Aladdin: I’m your master?
[as he stretches]
Genie: Downward dog!
Aladdin: No, no, no. You look like you should be my master.
Genie: Right, but that’s not quite how it works though.
Aladdin: How long have you been trapped in here?
Genie: About a thousand years.
Aladdin: A thousand years?
[he makes himself look like Aladdin]
Genie: “A thousand years?” Kid, is it me, or does like everything surprise you? So, you really don’t know who I am? Genie, wishes, lamp? None of that ringing a bell?
[Aladdin shakes his head]
Genie: Wow. Well, that’s a first.
[after he raps for Aladdin]
Genie: I’m the best. Yeah. Not enough, huh?
Genie: I’m kidding. Watch this.
[after Genie’s finishes singing Friend Like Me]
Aladdin: So, how does it work?
Genie: You’re kidding, right? The whole song was the instructions! Obviously you can’t dance and listen at the same time.
Genie: So here’s the basics. Step one, rub the lamp. Step two, say what you want. Step three, there is no step three. See? It’s that easy. You get three wishes. They must begin with rubbing the lamp and saying, “I wish.” Got it?
Aladdin: I think so.
Genie: A couple other rules. You can’t wish for more wishes. Three is enough. Now, I can’t make anybody love anybody. Or bring anybody back from the dead. Feel free to interrupt me anytime you don’t understand. I’m kidding. Don’t ever interrupt me, no matter what. Now, I usually don’t have to go through all this, because by the time the guy gets to me, he pretty much knows what he wants, and it generally has to do with tons of money and power. Do me a favor, do not drink from that cup. I promise you, there’s not enough money and power on earth for you to be satisfied. Good?
Genie: So, what’s your first wish?
Aladdin: Mm, well, I have to think about it. I mean, if there are only three. Why are there only three, anyway?
Genie: I don’t know. Who cares?
Aladdin: You don’t know. I thought you were all-knowing?
Genie: That’s because you don’t listen. I never said I was all-knowing. I said I was all-powerful. The most powerful being in the universe. Look, whatever I don’t know, I know I can learn it, side in the sun.
Genie: Why you playing hard to wish? I know you can’t tell, but I’m very pale. This is sky blue. My natural pigmentation is navy. Give us some sun!
Aladdin: Okay, Genie. I wish for you to get us out of this cave.
Genie: Oh, yeah! He has made his first wish!
[after Genie has gotten them out of the cave]
Genie: Inside the lamp, everything’s like, brass! Brass! Brass! Brass! Like, “Ooh, is that some copper? Nope! Brass!” Sort of the problem with the genie life. Phenomenal cosmic powers, but itty-bitty living space.
Aladdin: So, is this magic? Or are you magic?
Genie: Uh, kind of a package deal.
Aladdin: So, do I have to make all my wishes here? I mean, if I take you back to Agrabah, won’t people…?
Genie: No, no, no, no, no. I can look totally normal.
[makes himself look overweight]
Aladdin: Right. Totally normal.
[then he turns himself to look more like his human self, but still blue]
Aladdin: Still blue.
[he changes his color to his normal human color]
Aladdin: Do we need the top knot?
Genie: That’s my little cherry on top.
Aladdin: Okay, okay.
Genie: So, what are you going to wish?
Aladdin: Oh, I haven’t thought about that.
Genie: Mm. You really are not that guy.
Aladdin: Okay. So what would you wish for?
Genie: No one’s ever asked me that before. An easy one though. I wish to be free. To not have to say, “Can I help you? What would you like? Welcome to the lamp. May I take your order, please?” Freedom. I wish to be human.
Aladdin: Why don’t you just set yourself free?
Genie: [laughs] Carpet! Did you hear what this boy said? Why don’t I set myself free? Only way a genie gets to be free is if the owner of the lamp uses one of his wishes to set him free. And the last time that happened was like the fourth of Never-ary.
Aladdin: I’ll do it. I’ve got three, right?
Genie: Actually, you have two left. You used one to get out of the cave, remember?
Aladdin: Did I? Or did you? I thought I had to be rubbing the lamp?
Genie: Okay, little street boy. Let’s rewind the tape.
[uses his magic to look back and we see Aladdin passes the lamp to Abu to rub the lamp as he makes his wish]
Genie: Ooh! The old monkey with the lamp trick. Never seen that one before. Keep my eye on you.
Aladdin: At least now I can use my third wish to set you free.
Genie: Here’s the thing about wishes. The more you have, the more you want.
Aladdin: That’s not me.
Genie: Hm. We’ll see about that.
Aladdin: But there is something.
Genie: Uh-oh. Seen that face before. Who is she? Who’s the girl?
Aladdin: She’s a princess.
Genie: Aw, aren’t they all? Treat your woman like a queen, I always say.
Aladdin: No. No, she’s an actual princess.
Aladdin: Hey, can you make me a prince?
Genie: There’s a lot of gray area in “make me a prince”. I could just make you a prince.
[he uses his magic to create a prince]
Aladdin: Oh, no.
Genie: But you’d be snuggled up with that dude for the rest of your life.
[from the distance]
Prince: Yoh! Y’all seen my palace?
Genie: Be specific with your words. The deal is in the detail.
Aladdin: Got it.
Genie: Which I don’t really understand, because if she already likes you, why change?
Aladdin: I told you, she has to marry a prince.
[the prince genie created earlier is still there, in the distance]
Prince: I just want to go home, man.
Genie: [to Aladdin] Okay, I can do that.
[after transforming Aladdin into a prince]
Genie: The Genie! The Genie’s on fire! The Genie’s on fire, folks. Somebody cool me down! Somebody put me out! I’m too much! So what do you think?
Aladdin: I like it.
Genie: Of course you like it, boy. I made it.
Aladdin: I think that’s me.
Genie: Strictly speaking, it’s me. I mean, I did most of the work. You were just standing there. But I hear you.
Aladdin: But won’t people recognize me?
Genie: Nobody will recognize you. That’s how genie magic works. People see what they’re told to see.
[as he’s trying to impress Sultan with Jasmine watching]
Aladdin: We have jams!
Aladdin: Yes, jams. Yam jams. Fig jams.
Dalia: [to Jasmine] Yam jams!
Aladdin: And date jams. Seedless. Delicious, exotic jams.
[quietly to Aladdin]
Genie: Move. Away. From the jams.
[to Aladdin after he messes up his first meeting with the Sultan]
Genie: In ten thousand years, I’ve never been that embarrassed.
[as they are about to enter the party]
Genie: Don’t worry. You are not out of the game yet. Just do whatever you normally do at a party.
Aladdin: I’ve never been to a party.
Genie: Oh, you going to need to go back to the room then. You’re not messing up my night.
[referring to Jasmine]
Genie: Okay, there she is. This is your chance.
Aladdin: You know what, there are a lot of people. I don’t think I can do this.
Genie: You’ll be fine. Okay. This one’s going to be easy. Ooh! Look at her handmaid. She’s going to get some punch. Feeling a little thirsty myself.
Aladdin: No. No, no, no, no. You can’t leave me. They’ll see right through me.
Genie: No, they won’t. All you have to do is walk over there.
Aladdin: And speak. I also have to speak.
Genie: Okay, listen to me. I live in a lamp. But this is a party. Do not mess this up for me. Aladdin: Okay? I’d like to party. Go get her!
Genie: What are you doing?
Aladdin: I’m just making sure the water’s a good temperature.
Genie: Why are you not over there?
Aladdin: How am I supposed to compete with that? Look at him. He’s so princely.
Genie: You have got to be more confident about what you have to offer.
Aladdin: What do I have to offer? Knowledge of how to steal food? How to jump between buildings? Now, Prince Ali, he has jewels.
Genie: Stop, stop, stop. I made you look like a prince on the outside, but I didn’t change anything on the inside. Prince Ali got you to the door, but Aladdin has to open it.
Genie: It’s showtime.
Aladdin: No, I’m waiting for the right moment.
Genie: No, no. No waiting. We’re done waiting.
Aladdin: No. I’m in charge, okay? I say when it’s the right moment.
[Genie uses his magic to float Aladdin closer to Jasmine]
Aladdin: Really? Really?
Aladdin: Who needs maps anyway? They’re old and useless, and have no practical value.
Jasmine: Maps are how I see the world.
Aladdin: I thought a princess could go anywhere?
Jasmine: Not this princess.
Aladdin: You should see these places. I mean there’s a whole world outside of books and maps. Do you want to?
Jasmine: How? Every door is guarded.
Aladdin: Who said anything about a door?
[Aladdin steps over the balcony]
Jasmine: What are you doing?
Aladdin: Sometimes, Princess, sometimes you just have to take a risk.
[he suddenly jumps off the balcony]
Jasmine: What just happened?
[just then Aladdin floats up on the magic carpet]
Jasmine: Is this…
Aladdin: A magic carpet. Do you trust me?
Jasmine: What did you say?
Aladdin: Do you trust me?
[he offers his hand and Jasmine takes it]
[Aladdin helps her get on the magic carpet and they fly off]
[singing “A Whole New World”]
Jasmine: A whole new world.
Aladdin: Don’t you dare close your eyes.
Jasmine: A hundred thousand things to see.
Aladdin: Hold your breath, it gets better.
Jasmine: I’m like a shooting star. I’ve come so far
Jasmine and Aladdin: Let me share this whole new world with you.
[after she figures out that Prince Ali is Aladdin]
Jasmine: But how could I not recognize you?
Aladdin: People don’t see the real you when you’re royalty.
Aladdin: She figured out I was Aladdin. You said that wouldn’t happen.
Genie: Wow. I mean, genie magic is really just a facade. At some point, the real character’s always going to shine through. But that’s a good thing, right? Now, she knows.
Genie: Well, what?
Genie: Eventually, you are going to have to tell her the truth.
Aladdin: Eventually, I will tell her. Anyway, I sort of am a prince now.
Genie: Oh. So you’re going to drink from that cup.
Dalia: You don’t think maybe you want to believe him because you have to marry a prince but you can’t marry a thief?
Jasmine: No. I believe him. I do.
[to Sultan and Jasmine]
Jafar: So this is how it will be. Not even the title of sultan would wake the herd from their sleep. I should have known. If you won’t bow before a sultan, you will cower before a sorcerer. Genie, I wish to become the most powerful sorcerer there is.
Genie: As you wish, master.
[we see Genie transform Jafar into a sorcerer]
Iago: This could be fun.
[as Aladdin tries to take the lamp]
Jafar: If it isn’t our Prince Ali.
Jafar: Or should I say Aladdin.
[he uses his magic to turn Aladdin back into his street clothes]
Jafar: He’s been pretending the entire time. An impostor. There is no Prince Ali. There never was. He’s nothing but a lying thief.
Aladdin: I’m sorry.
Jafar: You’re insignificant. An irritation I no longer need to tolerate once I ensure your agonizing death by banishing you to the ends of the earth.
[Jafar uses his magic to send Aladdin to a frozen wasteland]
Jafar: I could simply kill you all. But that would be inadequate repayment for years of humiliation and neglect. “Remember your place, Jafar. You forget yourself, Jafar.”
Jafar: No. What you need, Baba, is to suffer, like I have suffered.
[he uses his magic to start hurting Sultan]
Jafar: Watching me rule your kingdom be enough?
Jafar: But watching my armies devour your toothless allies…
Jasmine: Please, make it stop!
Jafar: No, the most suitable punishment would be to make you watch, while I take what you love most.
Jasmine: No! Baba!
Jafar: And marry your daughter.
[Jafar uses his magic to hurt Dalia]
Sultan: She will never marry you.
[Jafar continues to hurt Sultan]
Jasmine: I will do as you wish! Make it stop! Make it stop.
[Jafar stops killing Sultan]
Imam: Your Highness, Sultan. In honesty and sincerity, do you accept Princess Jasmine…
Jafar: Yes. Yes, I accept. Princess.
Imam: Princess Jasmine, do you accept the Sultan to be your husband?
Jafar: Come on, woman!
[she hesitate again]
Jasmine: I do not!
[she takes the lamp from Jafar’s belt and runs off]
Jafar: As the old man said, “You should have left Agrabah when you had the chance.” I told you before to think bigger. You could have been the most powerful man in the room. But now, I hold the lamp. I hold the power.
Aladdin: You can’t find what you’re looking for in that lamp, Jafar. I tried and failed, and so will you.
Jafar: You think so? But I am Sultan! I am the greatest sorcerer the world has ever seen. I will create an empire that history cannot ignore. I can destroy cities. I can destroy kingdoms. And I can destroy you.
Aladdin: True. But who made you a sultan? Who made you a sorcerer? There will always be some thing, some man, some being more powerful than you.
Genie: What are you doing?
Aladdin: Genie gave you your power, and he can take it away.
Jafar: He serves me!
Aladdin: For now. But you’ll never have more power than the genie. You said it yourself, you’re either the most powerful in the room, or you’re nothing. You will always be second.
Iago: Second. Second.
Jafar: Second?! Only second? He serves me! I will make sure no one will ever say these words again!
Jafar: Genie, for my final wish, I wish to become the most powerful being in the universe! More powerful than you!
Genie: A lot of gray area in that wish. But, uh, the most powerful being in the universe, coming right up!
[Genie transforms Jafar into a genie]
Jafar: The most powerful in the universe! At last! Second to no one! And I thought I had power before! First, I’ll lay waste to those fools in Sherabad.
[as tries to use his magic to destroy Sherabad, he finds he can’t do it]
Jafar: What have you done to me?
Aladdin: I haven’t done anything to you, Jafar.
Jafar: What have you done to me?
Aladdin: This was your wish, not mine. A genie might have phenomenal cosmic powers…
Genie: But an itty-bitty living space. You see, a genie without a master, goes back in their lamp.
[Genie brings up Jafar’s lamp]
Jafar: I will not forget you, boy! Mark my words. I will not forget what you have done to me.
Iago: Goodbye, Jafar.
Jafar: Parrot! You’re coming with me!
[he grabs Iago as he gets sucked into the lamp]
Genie: Alright, last wish. Let’s get it.
Aladdin: Okay. Last wish. Genie…
Genie: I’m ready. Hold on. Here we go.
Aladdin: I wish…
Genie: The third and final wish.
Aladdin: I wish to set you free.
Genie: What? Woh. Oh! Wait.
[his genie shackels starts to disappear and becomes human and free]
Genie: Am I… Wait, wait, wait. Um, tell me to do something.
Aladdin: Um, give me some jams.
Genie: Get it yourself? Get your own jams!
[Aladdin and Genie embrace each other]
Genie: Thank you. Thank you.
Aladdin: No. Thank you, Genie. I owe you everything.
Aladdin: What are you going to do now?
Genie: Um, actually, there is this handmaiden that I would love to travel the world with. If she’ll have me.
Dalia: When do we leave? Also, I want children.
Genie: Yes. Two of them.
Dalia: Lian and Omar, three years apart. They will worship us both and ask lots of questions. And you will entertain them with stories and songs.
Genie: We’ll have a boat.
Dalia: A large one with multiple levels and magnificent sails.
Genie: I was thinking more of a a smaller one.
Sultan: Sit with me, my child. I’m sorry.
Jasmine: Baba, why are you…?
Sultan: Please, let me finish. I feared losing you, like I lost your mother. All I saw was my little girl, not the woman you have become. You have shown me courage and strength. You are the future of Agrabah. You shall be the next sultan.
[he kisses her hand]
Jasmine: Thank you, Baba.
Sultan: As sultan, you may change the law.
[referring to Aladdin]
Sultan: He is a good man.
[Jamsmine kisses his forehead]
[last lines; as Aladdin is walking away from the palace]
Jasmine: Stop, thief. Your sultan commands it.
Aladdin: Sultan? Does that mean I’m in trouble?
Jasmine: Only because you got caught.
[they kiss, then we see them getting married and celebrating their new life together]
Total Quotes: 55
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