Yae or Nae: Live Action Aladdin


Kalliauna Bodine, Reporter

Disney fanatics know the story of Aladdin, a common thief who falls for a princess, kept apart by one law: a princess must marry a prince. Aladdin stumbles upon a magical lamp to make him just that, but a spiral of events twists his plan into a chaotic mess. This Disney classic was originally released in 1992 but was remade in 2019 as a live action film. The recreation of Aladdin was directed by Guy Ritchie, and while some may think he did an amazing job of retelling this old-time tale, others do not.

In the original film, characters such as Jasmine and Jafar had little background and not much character development. Jasmine’s mother died at a young age and that her father was controlling. But in the live action film it is known that Jasmine’s mother was killed, and that’s why her father has an overwhelming urge to protect her. Furthermore, Jasmine’s character becomes more developed when she shows a strong desire to become sultan. In the beginning of the movie, Jasmine’s father tells her to keep quiet, saying it’s better to be seen and not heard. Yet at the end of the movie Jasmine breaks free from that barrier when singing “Speechless” This is an important moment in the plot as she decides not to keep quiet anymore and becomes a more self-empowered princess.  

In the animated tale Jafar is nothing but a power hungry fool, but in the live action version he is also a master thief with a phrase that rings in the head of the audience: “You’re either the most powerful man in the room, or you’re nothing at all.” Aladdin, on the other hand, is the same character with the same songs and the same ambitions. 

Sophomore Honey Baker said, “You can’t redo something that is already perfect.” On the contrary sophomore Keegan Bodine said, “I liked the live action version better. It made a lot more sense; it was more realistic and the events were better that led up to the major conflict.” 

So it seems that there really isn’t a better version, and it all depends on the viewer’s take. If you’re looking to watch something you can analyze and dig into, I’d suggest watching the live action film, but if you just want to pass time by watching a heart-warming tale, you’d be better off with the classic.