Young Aladdin is a street urchin with no future. When he’s thrown in jail after stealing a loaf of bread, he meets a strange old man who shows him an exit in exchange for his help as a thief. Aladdin is led into the desert and sent down into the depths of a magical cave to retrieve a golden lamp. Aladdin is betrayed, but not before releasing the Genie trapped inside. Now Aladdin has three wishes at his disposal and he wants to use them to get noticed by the beautiful princess Jasmine.
I haven’t seen Aladdin since I was probably 6 or 7 years old. It definitely wasn’t my favorite movie growing up, but now that I’m on that IMDb challenge with this movie showing up at #247, I had no choice. I was thoroughly surprised! Despite one or two problematic scenes, typical Disney whitewashing, etc., it was still really fun! All the songs and jokes were perfectly timed and it deserves its place on this IMDb list. I’m continuously reminded that young me had no taste for disliking this movie and that Robin Williams was a comedy genius gone too soon.
Aladdin is available to stream on Disney+.
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