Aladdin, the (live action) movie (“Review?”)

Warning: Salty review. Possible spoilers ahead.

I don’t typically do movie reviews, but since “Aladdin” (the Disney cartoon version) is my favorite classic Disney movie (fav. non-classic being “A Goofy Movie”), I just felt like I had to say something. (But, I also felt like I was being harshly judging this movie, since I kept comparing it to the original, so take this “review” with a grain of salt?) Maybe if you’d never seen the original, you would like it better.

(P.S. I also saw the live action musical last year. That had its flaws (and good points) too, but it didn’t prompt me/make me angry enough to write a whole review about it, however, lol.)

Overall movie rating: B-/C+

I even feel like my rating is being semi-soft on them, compared to others I’ve seen. But this was my internal rating before I read any others.
I went to go see this twice, but mostly because a separate group of friends/ family wanted to see it on different days. I judge how much I like a movie by how many times I want to re-watch it.
So, would I go again? Heck no. :0 I had to clean my mind by listening to the original songs on my way back home (the 1st time). But it was more bearable the 2nd time. Still, just… No…

I saw them really trying, and I commend them for that. But to relate that to one of Jasmine’s quotes from the movie, well, them trying too hard was a part of the problem.

Some things just rubbed me the wrong way. It was like they said in a meeting (to a lot of people who were involved), “So what should we add to this movie that you think should be in it?” instead of, “What should we change to make it better than the original?” (if that were possible). Who knows? Maybe they thought they couldn’t improve on “perfection”, and so they figured that every little thing that they added was there “just because” they wanted it, and not to add any real story deepnes. They added unnecessary things and took away the details which gave the original some of its charm and re-watchability in the first place.

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Added +

1. The whole debacle with Jasmine wanting to be the Sultan. Okay… I get it… Women’s empowerment, etc. I’m all for that. I just felt like it was forced and not even a part of her character in the original. Not to mention, all that extra dialogue time could have been used for the other charming things they decided to exclude. I get why they thought it would be cool, but eh… Just wasn’t into it. Doesn’t even seem like the actress, herself, totally believed it either.

2. Unnecessary songs

These just ruined the mood for me and made things more comedic at the times they were supposed to be serious. Aladdin’s extra song wasn’t so bad as Jasmine’s (when she was captured/arrested). Like… That one was just laughable. 🤣🤣 Inappropriately laughable. And the people suddenly disappearing while she was singing, well… It just kind of took you out of the movie experience because it just seemed so random and inappropriate. Again, I can see why they did it, but it ruined the somber mood and tone. Not everyone needs a solo… Twice… (However, that “Speechless” song is currently in my head if that’s some consolation.)

3. Unnecessary relationships

Like… The handmaid… Why does everyone need to be a couple? Was I the only one who thought the whole Genie thing with her was a bit creepy…? He’s like… 10,000 yrs. your senior… Just sayin’…😬😅

4. The slow-mo… Again more comedic than anything… Welp. (The “chair”, anyone?)

5. The thing with the invasion. Not a big deal, but didn’t like how they added that in, but took out other things. See below…

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Took away –

(I’m moreso salty because of what they took away)

1. Comedic bits. Some of this had to do with Robin W.’s original impromptu parts, but c’mon… Let Will S. let loose a little more too. It was supposed to be one of the more funny Disney movies. :/

2. Jafar’s end song and overall character. Oh, Jafar. 😢 They were trying so hard to make him a scary jerk that they forgot he was supposed to have a more well-rounded comedic side too. (Like, that the audience was supposed to laugh at.) I missed the Prince Ali (reprise) song. 😥 They also took away his semi-magical abilities, pre-Genie. How did he know Aladdin was the diamond in the rough? Just because Iago told him? Well, how did *he* know?? :0 I missed his crazy, maniacal laughing, and Iago telling him to get a grip, lol. (He did it a couple of times, but it was still too serious!! Lol) Also, no “Prince A-boo-boo?”…:/

3. Iago’s salty relationship with the Sultan. Little details like this made me angry. 😅 Like, where’s his revenge at the end??

4. Abu was supposed to be an Elephant until Jafar changed him back… Also, Rajah… No kitty needed, huh…

5. No plan from Jafar regarding marrying Jasmine to become the Sultan. Sigh. It just became a thing of “revenge”… Boring.

6. Time, itself. Some scenes felt rushed or squished together. (Ex: Cave of Wonders scenes/ Aladdin first meeting Jasmine in the marketplace/ Aladdin getting shunned at the palace gates (btw, he was supposed to get kicked in the mud by the Prince)) Like, they could’ve done it normally if it weren’t for the unnecessary things they decided to add. 🙄 It just took away the emotions & drama in the scenes because they wanted to rush it.

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What I actually liked:

1. That they emphasized the fact that Aladdin was okay with lying to a loved one than telling the truth. As a kid, it had always confused me a little bit why it was such a big deal for him tell them the truth, or rather, why he just couldn’t free the genie and still keep the title of a “prince”, since he was only one in appearance anyway…

2. Aladdin, the actor, himself.

…..😅 He was charming, lol. Unfortunately, he was handed a mixed bag.

3. Great singing voices.

4. The “Jam” scene, lol. (Aladdin first meeting Jasmine as Prince Ali.) Laugh out loud-able.

5. Abu was cute and believable.

6. The scenery and other actors. P.O.C., represent! ✊🏼 Lol

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Neutral:

1. Will Smith as the Genie. He did an okay job, imo. It would be hard to replace the late Robin Williams in any capacity, and especially in one of his most famous roles. So, kudos for him taking on the role. I’m sure it was challenging. Again, a person who was given a mixed bag to work with. Some of the comedy was great; some was hit and miss (again, trying too hard).

2. Carpet was okay too. (But they took away some of its personality as well).

3. Song remixes of the originals. They were okay…🤔

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That’s the summary of my overall feelings– that it was “okay.” (And therefore, “average”, and therefore, a “C”)
I hope you can see why I thought this way. Just my opinion, but it’s because I loved the original version so much, that maybe I’m grading it too harshly, and maybe my opinion is jaded a little by nostalgia. That’s okay though. 🤷
But Disney… Just consider your original source material more and quit rushing your scenes, thinking that cool CGI effects will make up for the lack in story and characters. …It won’t. 😑

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Things are changing

What’s up!? I’ve changed the format of the site’s galley lately, and updated it with some new arts. (Also, got a new scanner! 💗🙌🎵)
Not entirely sure of the direction my next comic should be in 🤔 So, mostly just practicing for now. Enjoy!

A Spiritual Factory

Imagine yourselves as like a factory:

In trying to be alive in this world, our factories also unfortunately produce pollution, which is the sin from our hearts. This is when we be use finite resources/worldly things to fuel our energy.

In order to clear out the pollution, you may open the windows or release the gasses or other waste through various tunnels and pipes. That is confession.

However, does that mean that the source of the sin has stopped? Not at all!

To truly repent, one must inherently change the way the factory is running. One must change the way the factory is getting its energy; we must develop a plan in order to produce clean, renewable energy, so that we no longer pollute in the first place; so that the blueprints of the factory is made is completely changed around. That is a true turning away from our sin and renewing our minds.

Therefore, a confession is not enough. What are you doing to change your inner blueprints and the way your spiritual factory is set up? How are you planning on getting clean, pure energy, from the Source– energy that never runs out?

After all, we don’t want to destroy our environment (the people around us), and cause the life (that God gave us) to become extinct by our constant, unrepentant pollution. How will you clean up your factory today?

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
– 2Co 4:16

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
– Ro 12:1-2

The Death of Today

How would you like to die today?…

Oh, I’m sorry… You weren’t planning on dying today, were you?

Let me rephrase: How are you planning on living during the death of today?

I’m sure you’ve heard that we are never promised tomorrow– or even our next breath.

14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
– Jas 4:14

Sure, we may do what we can to prevent a physical death, but have you ever thought about how constantly our days die?

We may try to “make up for it” the next day, what we didn’t do that day, but really… It doesn’t take away the fact that our yesterday is gone & we did not spend our 12,088th day of being alive (for example) to its fullest advantage.

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
– Ep 5:15-16

Maybe, instead of counting our lives in years, we should count them in days. It may help us to cherish our individual days/ moments more.

I’ll never get back that 12,087th day of being alive…

But, the question we have to ask ourselves is: “Did I die well today?” And, “How do I want to spend my 12,088th day of dying?”

(I feel like if we ask, “Did I live well,” it causes us to think moreso that we will be alive for a personal, predetermined amount of time. However, we never know when what day/moment will be our last, whether it be in 8 minutes, 8 months, 8 years or 80 years.)

A certain martial arts class I was in taught me to think: “Today is a good day to die.” But I want to think of it in a different way: Not as some final time/ date when our spirits leave our physical bodies, but as right now– everyday– since our todays are always passing away.

So… Did we die well?

We are either growing or dying (in all areas of life). Once we reach a certain age (in our twenties), we are no longer officially “growing.” The remainder of our lives is trying to hang on to what we currently have and sustaining it as best as possible. But we are still physically dying. (Mental & spiritual growth are different & still possible, however.)

I’m no expert in telling you how the best way to live/die is. I am still learning too. But I do know that it involves doing our best in the current moments we are given, and to always keep the eternal in the forefront of our minds. Appreciate each day… “Don’t Procrastinate”, is so cliche, so here’s a geeky anime quote instead. 😉

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you should do today.” (“Follow Your Dream” song, from “Project A-Ko”)

Store up treasures in Heaven than on Earth.

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

– Mt 6:19-21

Don’t put all of your energy/ trust in worldly wealth. It’s all temporary anyway.

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

– Lk 12:20

We may not be perfect in doing this, but thank goodness that there is grace. But let’s not take grace for granted too. Let’s not take anything for granted. Even time, itself, is temporary.

Instead, let’s just do our best!

がんばってね! (Ganbatte ne!) ✌️

Rethinking

Hey, guys!

1. So… did anyone see the end of Dragon Ball Super? It was great! A little cliche, perhaps, but I still liked it. Honestly, anything that has to deal with a ‘tournament’ of some type is like a cop-out story line to me… but what do I know? lol
Though (obviously) DBZ is better, I did enjoy DBS for what it was. I understand now though, that perhaps I shouldn’t have totally given up on my Trunks’ Date story ~because of DBS~ because, besides the canon, people can believe whatever they want to believe anyway. Also, I didn’t like the canon anyway, haha (Trunks & Mai). So, me, stopping, really doesn’t matter when it comes to that. Moreso, it’s just not having enough time to do it (the fancomic), I think. Or more like… I should be doing my original art more, you know?
#whynotboth ? Still wondering that though. I should just do whatever gives me the most energy and inspiration. -_- Who’s to say how my “success” should happen or should look like? I have been trying to make/force my own rules and paths for far too long….

2. I did do some site updates, though, they may not seem so apparent to you guys, haha. Just changed the feed source to the site updates on the right side of the main page, and added a few social media buttons on the top~

3. My comic, Mystery of the Black Water, is now being sold in this store! 🙌https://www.facebook.com/thinkoutsidethebooks/

& It may be in another local store as well! Very excited! Though, now, I need to make more comics to have more of a variety in those stores, haha… 🙂 #wishmeluck
Thanks for sticking with me! 🌟

4. Sorry that I have been absent from DA for a very long time! I should at least check in to let people know that I’m alive! lol. Thank you for the birthday wishes!! I should do some fanart sometime… (At least one…) 👧🏽✨ Most of my current life updates can be found on my main site though! www.rejenasmiley.com

What if Judas never killed himself? + Pic updates

Gallery updates and such from my Instagram posts! I still have more to do though, lol.

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“What if Judas never killed himself?”

I wonder: would he have repented– let his godly sorrow take over– and attempted to join their other apostles again? Would they have forgiven and accept him back?

If they (eventually) trusted someone like Paul/Saul, Judas would have stood a chance too… Right?

I wonder what kind of an apostle he’d be. He’d be known as the man who actually put Jesus to death on the cross, by betraying him– his friend. He’d be reminded day after day, and even probably be labeled a hypocrite, as to why he’s preaching about Jesus when he was up close and personal with him, and yet, still didn’t follow him. What else would it really take for someone to love Jesus? Unless he completely repented, he would still feel wordly guilt every day, while reaching out…

However… We all actually put Jesus on the cross. Jesus died for the people like Judas too… He didn’t come/die to help the “good people” (of which there are none). He came to save the halpless sinners, just like you and I– the people who can’t help but to sin even when we want to do good.

Satan entered Judas that night. But he also allowed Satan to control him. Things just had to happen that way, or we wouldn’t be who we are today. We would not have stood a chance at heaven on our own. It was still God’s plan. Judas did still have a chance to repent, however. Unfortunately, he chose the wordly sorrow route and hung himself. But I’m sure God would still had compassion on him, even after he did it (if he truly repented). Jesus even called Judas his friend during all of this.

Jesus would have forgiven Judas… If only he would have forgiven himself.

Jesus died for everyone.

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

– 1Ti 1:15-16

Isn’t it funny…

… How we always feel self-righteous, correct and justified in our current behavior? However, when we look back at our past, and get a glimpse at how we thought back then, we can (hopefully) say to some extent, “Wow, what was I thinking back then?” …Even though we felt right and justified at that time, too. But, hopefully, you can see how much you’ve grown and learned from those experiences as well.

Just take it as a possibility that we may also be wrong in our current situations (in how were acting or behaving). In 15 years, what we are doing right now could be a new instance of “What was I thinking?” for our future selves.

Therefore, always be open to learning. Correction and personal evolvement is how we grow.

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

– 2Ti 3:16-17

#latenightthoughts