Old and new fans alike experienced Aladdin’s whole new world in the first of SM Cinema’s series of special screenings, which include an immersive advance showing at IMAX, SM Megamall last May 14, ahead of regular viewing schedules.

Disney’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin tells the story of Aladdin (Mena Massoud), a kindhearted street urchin and the power-hungry Grand Vizier Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) as they vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Showing on May 22 here in the Philippines, the live action film adaptation of the 1992 Disney animated musical masterpiece did not disappoint – it was visually stunning, funny and entertaining.

It’s not a movie masterpiece but it is also not as bad as what the early reviewers are saying. Most of the opinions that came out were based on trailers by the way – I’ve watched the whole movie, and it’s not bad.

Casting was perfect except for Jafar who I thought was not creepy enough. Don’t get me wrong, Marwan Kenzari did a good job in acting the part but I was expecting a more sinister-looking (and sounding) Jafar – just like the one in the cartoon.

Princess Jasmine’s character also has more depth in the new film plus we get to see some additional information about the main characters. There are a couple of new characters plus a new Princess Jasmine song.

Will Smith is also perfect as the new Big Genie! I have to admit that I’ve had some doubts prior to watching the film but he made a believer out of me. 

Experience Disney’s Aladdin in luxury and style at the Director’s Club Cinema located in the following SM Cinema branches: SM Aura Premier, SM BF Parañaque, SM Cagayan de Oro Downtown Premier, SM East Ortigas, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Puerto Princesa, SM Seaside City Cebu, SM Center Ormoc, SM Southmall, S’Maison, and The Podium Cinema.

For a more immersive movie viewing, the IMAX release of Aladdin will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Catch Disney’s Aladdin beginning May 22 at SM’s Cinemas 64 branches, or at IMAX and Director’s Club Cinemas nationwide. Skip the lines and get the best seats in the house by getting your tickets via www.smcinema.com or the SM Cinema App.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, Disney’s Aladdin stars Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Marwan Kenzari.


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