Will Smith's genie in Aladdin leaves the internet feeling blue

Bessie Dean
February 12, 2019

Back in December, the world got the very first look of Will Smith as the Genie in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney's Aladdin, though many fans were left somewhat bewildered when they only saw a rather tiresome human-form of what's universally remembered as a classic animation.

After a gap of 27 long years, Disney released a new "special look" trailer for the live-action remake of its much-loved film Aladdin at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards Show. Have they not seen the Will Smith genie yet?

Will made an appearance towards the end of the trailer as Aladdin rubs his golden magic lamp, blue smoke pours out and Genie comes to life.

Just like in the original movie, the carpet is standing up straight, reacting to what's going on in the world around it.

Also, is it just me or does Marwan Kenzari's Jafar just not sound anywhere remotely near villain-y enough has he orders Mena Massoud's Aladdin to get the lamp?

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"The bar I'm in had the most VISCERAL reaction of horror to Will Smith in the Aladdin trailer", Juan Brammer wrote.

"Will Smith as the Genie looks very bad...they could have done it better!"

Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios.

One simply said: "Will Smith's genie is horrifying". For whatever it's worth, I don't think this looks bad, I'm just sort of amazed at how clumsily they've handled all these reveals.

Of course, this is only one small portion from the movie, and we still have several months before Aladdin opens in theaters on May 24.

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