Disney: funny, strong, brave and with a beautiful voice

Mena Massoud enthusiastically plays the main character, a handsome street rogue who falls in love with the free-spirited princess and sees his life change after rubbing a magic lamp. Naomi Scott is the princess and is worthy as a Disney heroine of 2019: funny, strong, brave and with a beautiful voice.The classic Alan Menken tunes from the original film, including “Friend Like Me”, “Prince Ali” (“Prince Ali”) and “A Whole New World”, are all included, as well as “Speechless”, a new song written by Menken and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) performed by Jasmine. The piece is wonderful and could finally replace “Let It Go” as the popular anthem of Disney.Also highlighted are Michael Wilkinson’s exuberant costumes, a fully digital animal parade – with a fantastically accomplished Abu monkey, the Rajah tiger and a Magic Carpet hugger – and the good performances of “Saturday Night Live” comedian Nasim Pedrad as a Maiden and Billy Magnussen as a prince. And the choreographer Jamal Sims achieves glorious combinations of hip hop with Bollywood.