THE MONEY SHOT
THIS MONTH’S BIGGEST TRAILER MOMENT
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.