THE MONEY SHOT

THIS MONTH’S BIG­GEST TRAILER MO­MENT

Empire (UK) - - PREVIEW -

Guy Ritchie? Di­rect­ing a live-ac­tion ver­sion of Dis­ney’s Aladdin? Any­one ex­pect­ing a colour­ful en­sem­ble of mock­ney geez­ers ’aving a bit of a bar­ney with Ja­far would be swiftly dis­abused of such no­tions by this brief but ef­fec­tive teaser. It opens with some sweep­ing David Lean-ian sand dunes (spot the shadow of a cer­tain par­rot); in­cludes some fa­mil­iar mu­si­cal stabs from the 1992 orig­i­nal’s score; and cli­maxes with this tan­ta­liz­ing glimpse of new­comer Mena Mas­soud as the tit­u­lar hero, about to give the lamp a bit of a shine and un­leash Will Smith’s Ge­nie. It bears more re­sem­blance, at first sight, to the hit stage mu­si­cal than the an­i­ma­tion. Will it be a whole new world for Mr Ritchie? We’ll find out in 2019.

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