If you're someone like me who is simply, obstinately and irrevocably stuck in the past, well, then it's moments like these that just make you feel alive!
So, last night, when my fever-addled mind was trying to decide between going to bed ridiculously early or just binge something Korean on Netflix till I pass out, a notification literally had me screaming my already hoarse throat off. Mother of God, the trailer for the live-action remake of Disney's classic 'Aladdin' was finally gracing my laptop screen!
I will not lie. I think I cried a little. Well, how can one not, when those opening bars with the scintillating Arabic music, take you right back to 1st grade? And that aerial market shot of the bustling Agrabah market? Perfection.
So, without further ado, let's jump into the 10 moments from the trailer that almost cured my fever and then left me for dead within minutes:1. Aladdin's Freaking Parkour Skills
Yea, we all knew from the original movie that he could jump across rooftops with ease, but when you throw in those angles right in the opening shot with our boy literally flying through the air, well, excuse me while I pick up my jaw off the floor.2. Aladdin & Jasmine's Oh-So-Filmy Yet Perfect Eye Contact
Could it get any more Bollywood than this, people? Not that I'm complaining. I love me some slow-motion, frozen-in-place, googly eyes, rose-petals-floating-in-the-background, action. Just look at Al, he is a complete goner. And Jasmine...daymmmm!3. Jafar Tempting Aladdin To Enter The Cave Of Wonders
Kudos to this scene for looking legit Xeroxed from the original movie. And might I add that that giant tiger/panther/jaguar cave sounds 10 times scarier now, even though I am a fully grown adult female?4. Aladdin Rubbing The Golden Lamp & Letting The Genie Out
The cave of wonders filled with riches looks freaking brilliant, almost giving competition to Smaug's hoard in the Lonely Mountain.
And yes, Aladdin's expression of pure horror and bewilderment upon letting the Genie out is on point.5. Will 'Genie' Smith In All His Blue Glory Recreating 'Friend Like Me'
Okay. Hold on. Don't even think of coming at me with your “he is so lame” comments. I will hear nothing, absolutely nothing against my man Will. He is going to nail this role so hard, all you naysayers gonna wish you had a magic carpet to fly away on. Just look and listen to this clip of 'Friend like me' and tell me it's not perfect?6. A Glimpse Of The Awesome Song 'Prince Ali'
“Prince Ali - fabulous he - Ali Ababwa”. Remember this? Genie singing as Aladdin makes his way through Agrabah to meet Princess Jasmine, decked as a Prince, in a glittering, extravagant procession along with his “seventy-five golden camels” and “ninety-five white Persian monkeys”?7. Aladdin & Genie's Sassy Yet Hysterical Chemistry
Can't stress enough but the entire movie rests on this particular element. The bromance between these two. Sure, like any purist concerned with the sanctity of the original work, I had my worries too. But the trailer assured me that I had nothing to worry. Plus, it's Will. The man has never disappointed me before!8. A Whole New Woorrrrlllllldddddddd!
Sigh. This is literally one of my all-time favourite Disney tracks and music videos. Aladdin and Jasmine starting something new as they soar about on that magic carpet...slowly falling in love...while singing...okay. Earth to Marina! Anyway, I'm gonna be belting this so hard in the movie hall, pretty sure they will have to fling me out.9. Abu & Rajah
While Rajah definitely looks super ferocious here, and not as cute as in the original, given that this is a live-action movie, Abu has managed to look mischievously adorable and still play a pivotal role in getting that lamp to Aladdin.10. Jafar Becoming A Genie/Sorcerer
This was literally a blink-and-miss shot. But what I could deduce from that second of a shot, is that this is when Jafar orders Genie to either change him into a genie himself or the greatest sorcerer in the world. Will have to wait for the movie to confirm that.
So, there you have it. Now that we have broken down the trailer all the way, how about you let me know in the comment section as to which scene from the trailer was your favourite moment?