What would you do if you inherited a genie and were granted three wishes? Would you let the power corrupt you, or would you use its power to make your dreams come true? Would you be tempted to bend the rules hoping that the genie’s power can warp reality to fit your desires? In the Disney film Aladdin, Aladdin is given that choice to use the genie to earn fame, riches, or the woman of his dreams, a passionate, strong-willed, and fiery Princess.
The Story of Aladdin
Aladdin is a poor orphan who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine, who is forced to be married by her father. Aladdin’s luck changes when he is asked to retrieve a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders.
What Aladdin gets is a fun-loving genie, able to grant his master three wishes, who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know that the Sultan’s advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp.
Aladdin (1992) official trailer on Youtube
Aladdin (Scott Weinger) is the male protagonist and the hero of the story. He a determined and chromatic young gentleman that is willing to do whatever it takes to get his way. He is cunning and tries to help those less fortunate despites being poor himself.
Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin) is the female protagonist and the love interest for Aladdin. She is loyal, passionate, kind-hearted, and is willing to stand up for her beliefs even if she must break the rules to fulfil her dreams.
The Genie (Robin Williams) is a fun-loving, energetic, and friendly ally to Aladdin. He is knowledgeable and insightful trying to act as Aladdin’s conscious. The genie has simple dreams despite the power at his disposal.
Jafar (Jonathan Freeman) is the Sultan’s adviser and the story’s antagonist. Like Aladdin, he can be crafty and manipulative using others to get what he wants. He is a powerful sorcerer and gets a rise out of annoying the Princess seeing her as his pawn.
The story tells that everyone has the power to be the master of their own destiny. Aladdin has been adapted into a Broadway musical adding additional characters and broadening the universe Aladdin is set in. In the Broadway adaption, Alan Menken recorded classic songs from the film with additional new ones. In both versions I found myself rooting for Jafar.
I would rate this eight out of ten, due to the typical romance story at the focus of the film I have always loved the songs written by Alan Menken and his music is enjoyed even after watching the film. The villain Jafar is the most interesting and yet we are given the least information about his character. We’re led to believe that greed motivates his actions but he has the power to gain whatever he wants.