A new remake of an old fairy tale. With the help of a magical lamp, an impoverished young man transforms himself into a prince in order to win the heart of a beautiful princess.
This was bad, funny but bad nevertheless. First we got a feministic touch. Shazadi (Lucia Dimitra Xypteras), the only daughter of the dying Sultan of Baghdad, is going to inherit the throne. I mean she will be a She-Sultan. Or a Sultana. A female ruler in an arabic country. Vizier Maghreb (Daniel O’Reilly, obviously an Arab himself), her father’s most trusted advisor, is not exactly thrilled. After all he is a man so he should marry the girl and rule Baghdad, right? Wrong. Or rather not exactly right, it’s complicated, folks.
What’s so complicating? A troupe of acrobats come into town, the new sultan among them. He doesn’t know it yet but we know it immediately – he is the man to get the crown. Or rather a bejewelled turban. Only a real sultan has thick but regulated eyebrows, an even row of white teeth and a nice six-pack stomach. Only a real sultan can kick a basket full of fireworks into the sky as high as any cannon and then, as a second thought, he falls a thief with one lucky throw of an apple. Yes, an apple. Apples don’t grow in Baghdad, you say? Rubbish, they are everywhere, even in the Garden of Eden. Ask the Snake.
Let’s return to the movie, though. Vizier Maghreb, one of magnificently painted brows and a stylish, greyish, beard, is not impressed. Cunningly, he befriends Aladdin and invites him to the palace where he can continue his pleasant conversation with the future Sultana during a private audience If it sounds too good to be true, well, it is exactly so. Insdead of a sweet tete-a-tete with the girl of his dreams Aladdin is coerced to enter a cave and find a certain lamp which represents the royal power. The task is not easy. Our acrobat is attacked by bats. Yes, real bats, probably rabid. And then he has to cross a patch of fire using just a piece of line and his wits. And then many similar lamps appear out of thin air and he has to choose one. After a successful choice our hero finds out that it is easier to enter the cave than return to the ground, especially when you are attacked by your false ally Maghreb and pushed back in the last possible moment. Fortunately our hero has four stalwart friends who will follow him everywhere – after all he borrowed from them heavily- and then he cleans a certain lamp and a djinni (Lord KraVen) is released.
Well, I have to admit the djinni was my personal biggest disappointment. Almost at the very beginning he announced that, quote, ‘romance is his speciality’, unquote. Seriously, could the whole tale get more stupid? At that point I yawned. Then the djinni conjured a not especially lavish picnic spread out of thin air and I yawned for the second time. Our lovely band of friends entertained each other with a burping duel. I yawned again. They all befriended each other again because, well, the djinni used to be rather lonely. At that point I was almost tearing my mouth apart with one big yawn and switching the vid off. End of the story.
Very young children who have zero knowledge of Aladdin or his adventures will most likely find this version entertaining but I am too jaded to enjoy such a trashy movie. A total failure.
This was bad, funny but bad nevertheless.