Aladdin (PG)



Romance (2019)
128mins US

Starring: Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Billy Magnussen, Mena Massoud
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer(s): John August, Guy Ritchie
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Street urchin Aladdin and his pet monkey Abu run amok on the streets of Agrabah. He falls in love with beautiful Princess Jasmine, who resents the rules imposed by her father, The Sultan. She yearns to break free and stand on her own two feet. The Sultan's chief adviser, Jafar, is plotting to seize power with his macaw Iago. He hopes to rule Agrabah by claiming a magic lamp, which lies deep within an enchanted cave. Jafar dispatches Aladdin into the bowels of the earth to steal the trinket.

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Aladdin (PG)

If a blue genie emerged from a magic lamp and granted me three wishes, I'd contemplate using the first to completely overhaul the unconvincing digital trickery in Guy Ritchie's musical fantasy. Every time the army of special effects wizards casts a spell over this live-action remake of the Oscar-winning 1992 Disney animation, charm and believability vanish in a puff of smoke. Abu the kleptomaniac monkey, Rajah the Bengal tiger, and Flying Carpet, which exist on computer hard drives, fail to meld seamlessly with the performances, lavish costumes and colour-drenched set design...

Aladdin. Copyright: 2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc. Caption: Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as Genie in Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie. Photo: Daniel Smith. All Rights Reserved.Fantasy and reality are at loggerheads throughout Aladdin, never more so than in Will Smith's motion-captured performance as the wise-cracking inhabitant of the lamp. Materialising as an oversized Smurf with an angry man-bun, the Fresh Prince feels stale and synthetic as he attempts to replicate the quickfire verbal gymnastics performed by Robin Williams in the original film. His performance only catches fire and burns bright when he's allowed to interact in the flesh with co-stars, leading a spectacular rendition of Prince Ali or nervously courting the princess's spirited handmaiden (Nasim Pedrad).

The unlikely hero is street urchin Aladdin (Mena Massoud), who runs amok on the streets of Agrabah with pet monkey Abu, stealing just enough to survive. He falls hopelessly in love with Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), who resents the rules imposed by her fusty father, the Sultan (Navid Negahban). Tradition dictates that Jasmine must marry a man of similar social standing so Aladdin is denied the thing he desires most and Jasmine must entertain oafish suitors including Prince Anders (Billy Magnussen).

Meanwhile, the Sultan's chief adviser Jafar (Marwen Kenzari) plots to seize power using a magic lamp, which lies deep within a Cave Of Wonders in the desert. Only a "diamond in the rough" is permitted to enter the subterranean lair so Jafar dispatches a clueless Aladdin into the bowels of the earth to steal the golden trinket. Jafar double-crosses Aladdin but it is the wily "street rat" who summons the Genie (Smith) with a cheeky rub and uses the first of his three wishes to reinvent himself as a dashing prince - surely a man worthy of Jasmine's fair hand.

The live-action Aladdin wisely pilfers the toe-tapping soundtrack from the 1992 film, updating the songbook by composer Alan Menken and writers Howard Ashman and Tim Rice with creative sparkle courtesy of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The Oscar-winning duo responsible for The Greatest Showman and La La Land provide empowering lyrics for Jasmine's MeToo-era anthem Speechless, which Scott delivers with fist-pumping gusto. She shares a gently simmering screen chemistry with Massoud and big musical numbers, especially the romantic duet A Whole New World, are beautifully choreographed for maximum visual impact. It's a kind of magical.

- Jo Planter

Aladdin. Copyright: 2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc. Caption: Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as Genie in Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie. Photo: Daniel Smith. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 13th September
To Thursday 19th September

- Aberystwyth, Commodore
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Banbury, Odeon Banbury
- Barmouth, Dragon Theatre
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Odeon Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Canterbury, Odeon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dorchester, Odeon Dorchester
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Durham, Odeon Luxe Durham
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Leeds, Odeon Luxe Leeds Thorpe Park
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Louth, Playhouse
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Reel Cinema Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- West Bromwich, Odeon West Bromwich
- Weston-super-Mare, Odeon Weston-Super-Mare
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Vue York
From Friday 20th September
To Thursday 26th September

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Bodmin, Capitol Cinema
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Bridgwater, Scott Cinemas
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Canterbury, Odeon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Curzon Colchester
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Haverhill, Cineworld Haverhill
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Odeon Luxe Leeds Thorpe Park
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newton Abbot, Alexandra Cinema
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Penzance, Savoy
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Rushden, Cineworld Rushden Lakes
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Picturehouse
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Sutton Coldfield, Empire Sutton Coldfield
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Reel Cinema Wakefield
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Weston-super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York


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