You know what I hate? Modern Disney. Modern Disney has lost every ounce of the creativity that old-school Disney had. Their creativity hit its last peak in the 90’s, and after that it’s all been downhill. Now, because Disney is so devoid of creativity and desperate for quick bullshit that they can cash in on because they need to get pools of money that they can dive into like Scrooge McDuck, we have live-action remakes of their biggest movies back when they were animated and cool. And they have, without a SINGLE EXCEPTION, sucked. Badly. They are all terrible. The worst offender among them is the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. A film that proved that not only can Emma Watson not act, but she also can’t sing. Go figure.
Since Disney is out of creativity, they also decided that they should take the time to shit on the legacy of Robin Williams as well, and make a remake of one of their best animated films, where the late actor was able to bring so much to it. His role as Genie is iconic. But hey, that’s just how it goes. I guess Will Smith will get a crack at it. The idea of having to hear him sing “Never Had a Friend Like Me” makes my cringe muscles go out of control.
However, they have finally released a trailer. Before this, there was the poster for the film, and I will say that if there is one and only thing that they did right in this, it’s that the lamp looks cool. That’s it. Now, let’s watch the trailer for this movie and see what the damage is.
We begin on what is, admittedly, a very cool shot of the Arabian dessert. Sand dunes are always very beautiful to film. While the heat and I are not friends, part of me would love to see that scenery in person someday. But we have this terrible orchestral version of the song that begins the animated film, “Arabian Nights.” Oh Groj. Not holding up well and we’re only a few seconds in.
Then we cut to another shot of the dunes, but look! A CG city in the background! Oh boy! Obvious CG is obvious. It’s not even well integrated. It looks so out of place in this setting. We get a closer shot, with CG parrot who I am going to assume is Iago. It’s a safe assumption. And just like every CG character in all the live-action versions of these movies, it looks bad. These films really have hit a high mark in all having consistently terrible CG creations. That’s almost impressive. Not a single film stands out in any real way for quality CG characters. Maybe it’s because I am just so conditioned to this shit and it has gotten to the point that I don’t take this shit seriously anymore. Oh how I long for the days of practical effects. Would it have been that hard to train a real parrot to fly around? I guess they couldn’t do that over a CG environment where everything looks fake. The bird would get lost in front of a green-screen.
We get to hear the voice of the Cave of Wonders! Oh boy! The creepy cave that appears from the dunes because of a weird magic beetle thing. So how bad is this CG going to look? The irony is that it was CG in the animated film, and I guarantee that will have looked a million times better. Wait, what? It’s a regular cave, but with glowing eyes? Then how, exactly, has no one gone to get that lamp before? If this cave is just sitting there waiting, then how has no one gone in there? The voice-over tells me that only the “diamond in the rough” can enter, but if the place doesn’t open, then that rings hollow. I’m sure that the cave disappears without some terrible CG effect. I was right, though. The Cave of Wonders in the original film, with dated CG, looks better than this. Can nothing impress me in this trailer?
Oh look! CG cave! With CG treasure! In an entirely CG backdrop without a single bit of an actual set! Wow! That’s so fake that the fakeness of it is leaping right off the fucking screen at me. We get the title in that iconic font, and then we have Arab main character guy reaching for the lamp, which, as I said before, does look cool. There. I found one thing that impresses me – the lamp. Congrats, Disney. Some underpaid artisan worked really hard on a cool piece to go with a terrible movie. Kudos to that craftsman. Whatever you paid them, it wasn’t enough.
This looks so fucking stupid. This is the next entry in the creatively bankrupt Disney corporation, who is so desperate to just cash in instead of taking risks. Gotta love. Of course, these films make bank, so I guess the retarded American public eats this shit up too. So I get to be in a wonderful minority of people who see all these truly amazing films languish on the vine, while endless dreck like superhero films and whatever cash-grab remake, reboots, sequel, or live-action version has the intellectually-void public paying money for. This country needs to fucking die. Not kidding.
I’m so sorry, Robin Williams, that Disney wants to shit on your legacy