If there's one thing to know about me, it's this: Disney is my thing. I love the movies, I love going to the parks (yes, even as an adult), and I know most if not all of the words to any Disney song.

So, when I heard that a live action version of Aladdin was happening, I was one of the biggest skeptics. I have a lot of emotional investment in this one.

That said, I went into the theater over the weekend with an open mind. And that's the key with this movie.

As far as the story goes, it's everything you remember, minus Jasmine's character. She got a seriously empowering upgrade in her story arc. Aladdin is just as charming, Jafar is just as much, if not more, of a weasel, and the Genie makes you believe in magic.

Will Smith totally made the Genie his own though. He didn't try to outshine, or even compete at all with Robin Williams's original performance. Admittedly, I liked Williams's rendition of "Friend Like Me" better, but that's personal taste.

On the whole, I'd give the movie an A-, and would definitely recommend for the family.

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