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  1. I thought about it for a while, and honestly, I am amending my initial rating of Aladdin 2019 (I can't believe I actually have to make that distinction; prefer the original). While I did enjoy watching it, I felt the positives did not necessarily outweigh the negatives. It is a mixed bag. First of all, again, Guy Ritchie was the wrong choice for this film. "One Jump" featured a few blatantly obvious shots where the footage was slightly sped up to match the tempo of the song. It felt awkward. "A Whole New World" should have had more overwhelming visuals. The instance of slow-motion when Aladdin is thrown into the water felt unnecessary and unintentionally made me chuckle because of the way it looked. The way the Cave of Wonders is depicted is disappointing, especially compared to the original. I get that this is a live action medium, and they are trying to be more realistic, but you are dealing with a story that deals with a magic lamp and a genie; come on. The portrayal of Jafar was very underwhelming; there was only one or two instances I can remember where he seemed legitimately threatening (his introduction where he killed that guy by kicking him down the well, and when he nearly killed the sultan). The reprise of "Speechless" was very weak; it was in Jasmine's mind. The film literally stopped so she could have this big musical number. I liked the speech she made after the song, but it would have been more powerful if the song was happening in the actual moment instead of being in the character's mind. Ultimately, I like that there are elements in this that make it kind of stand apart from the original and compliment it, but I am conflicted about this movie even existing. Honestly, when you think "Aladdin", does this film come immediately to mind, or is your first thought directed toward the original 1994 animated classic? My final rating for this film is a 6/10. I am kind of glad I saw it, but I don't feel a need to revisit it.
  2. Wow, the profile of people you interview keeps going up. Maybe an interview with Steven Spielberg is not out of the realm of possibility, huh? This is great!
  3. Oh my gosh, you made my day!
  4. I actually liked the song “Speechless.” Also, Naomi Scott can really sing. Beautiful AND multi-talented.
  5. The trailers don’t really do the film favors; Kenzari’s portrayal at times was legitimately menacing. As far as music goes, the only thing I hated and the film could have done without was the end credit version of “Friend Like Me” with Will Smith and DJ Khaled. I also was not a fan of Zayn Malik and Zhavua Ward’s take on “A Whole New World.” Everything else was okay. Alan Menken’s score was good, and I liked “A Whole New World.” Will Smith’s takes of “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali” were entertaining within the film and I had fun with that. I felt “One Jump Ahead” could have been better; it was okay. “Speechless” was a great new song, though I was a little disappointed in the way Part 2 of the song was utilized in the film. I believe the technical flaws I mentioned come down to the director. I don’t think Guy Richie was the right director for this project. All positives and negatives were already stated above. Ultimately, it was enjoyable. I give the film a 7/10.
  6. I just came back from seeing the film after much debate; having grown up with the original animated classic, I had doubts about this (it was the first film I ever saw, actually, at two years old). I enjoyed both Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella and Jon Favereau's The Jungle Book (I stayed well clear from seeing those two Wonderland abominations, the Maleficent abomination, Beauty and the Beast 2017 and Dumbo 2019, as I knew those films were not worth seeing). I actually watched the original the night before for the heck of it. This is basically my sentiments. It had some flaws, mostly technical, like the pacing in the beginning (it felt like it went by too quickly), some moments in "One Jump Ahead" that looked like the footage was sped up slightly to match the pace of the song, some visuals felt underwhelming (Cave of Wonders especially, "A Whole New World"), and I felt at times that Marwan Kenzari's portrayal of Jafar was underwhelming. The film was ultimately better than I thought it would be. Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott (particularly) and Will Smith were great in their respective roles. I liked the new elements in the story and the film. “Speechless” is a really good song, and Naomi Scott nailed it with her singing. This film ultimately did not need to be made, but I had a fun time with it. It ultimately acts as a nice companion piece with both the original and the Broadway production.
  7. It simply comes down to conflict of scheduling. The Maestro will begin conducting and recording Star Wars in June. David Newman is involved with pre-recordings for West Side Story, which would take place around the same time. Gustavo Dudamel will be conducting West Side Story, with Newman steping in to conduct as needed only when Dudamel is not available in post production.
  8. Technically, 10 if you count Solo: A Star Wars Story; he was involved with that from the beginning, and while John Powell composed the rest of the score, the Maestro was also involved with the scoring process.
  9. It is a specific passage from Alan Silvestri's score to Captain America: The First Avenger; "This Is My Choice." One of the reasons I believe Alan Silvestri outdid himself with the score to Avengers: Endgame are not just the large scale sequences, but the intimate character moments as well, particularly this one. It completes the character's arc perfectly, both in terms of what is happening on-screen and score.
  10. I wish I was able to read the full article, but I am unable to subscribe to the Sunday Times. Is there anyway that a copy of the article can be sent? I really want to read it.
  11. I just bought the single on iTunes and listened to it. I expected nothing less from the Maestro. I am still blown away, though. I cannot wait to here the entire album upon release.
  12. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! That is great! Honestly, does anyone at this point even remember James Cameron's Avatar? Story, characters? The only thing I remember about it was James Horner's score.
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