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Songs are good, there were a few extra things they either added or expanded on. But other than that there isn't much about this film that's better than the original. There isn't also a lot of stuff that isn't done as well. A lot of the changes don't even make sense to me, like the "it's not often you see a horse with two rear ends" line is gone and there is even a moment in the film where they could have put it.
Will Smith is decent enough as the genie, but come on! is he really on par with Robin Williams? I think not!
If you've never seen the original, it might be worth seeing. But if you have seen it, this doesn't offer enough that's new or better to really make it worth your time.
Cash grab? Yes. Over produced and CG-heavy? Yes. Is Robin Williams a better choice than Will Smith? Every time. But this film has a heart that the original was missing. Jasmine is a full character, not just a damsel-in-distress MacGuffin, and the romance at the center of the story is more genuine for it. And if you aren’t continually expecting Robin Williams, the comedy is a lot of fun. It improves on the original, which makes this the best of the Disney live-action remakes so far.
Better than expected.
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This movie ranks #38 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
This movie ranks #201 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office