This was bound to happen eventually. Disney has released a clip of Will Smith performing “Prince Ali” in the upcoming live-action “Aladdin” remake, and Twitter is not having it.
The musical number, which can be seen via IGN, features Will Smith’s Genie performing the musical number, which features dancers, tumblers and elephants. While Smith belts out the song’s lyrics, he doesn’t do much in terms of choreography or movement.
— IGN (@IGN) May 14, 2019
Many people on Twitter are taking shots at the performance for the slower tempo, low energy and Smith’s “underwhelming” performance, but others are willing to cut it some slack for now. Some are even negatively comparing the number to the Broadway version of the film.
— Sarah O'Connell (@SarahO_Connell) May 14, 2019
The good news is that I can get copious food-and-drink during my #Aladdin screening, because I now know that I can absolutely use the restroom during the "Prince Ali" sequence.
— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) May 14, 2019
**VIDEO** Will Smith performing “Prince Ali” for the upcoming #Aladdin
(sigh) … I’m REALLY trying to be supportive because it’s a childhood favorite, but this movie could be REALLY bad pic.twitter.com/rzkKV3QVAC
— 🆃🆁🅾🆈 🅷🆄🅶🅷🅴🆂 ™️ (@TommySledge) May 14, 2019
If an uptempo number like “Prince Ali” comes off this sluggish and low-energy, a ballad like “A Whole New World” will be like listening to the shifting of tectonic plates.
— Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) May 14, 2019
That was underwhelming, but let's give it a chance. They cut it before the build up.
But hey, we'll still always have this. 😊https://t.co/R2CmqnW1sa
— Eri Neeman (@erineeman) May 14, 2019
Look you can do totally animated choreography where anything you can imagine can happen with total freedom
Or you can do actual choreography like in the Broadway show where what's exciting is real dancers performing live
This CGI-heavy live action is the worst of both worlds https://t.co/29P8BnKPhi
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) May 14, 2019
Define “best” https://t.co/O8j2HTOnHD
— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) May 14, 2019
'Prince Ali' is one of my favourite Disney songs (and sequences). It's PERFECT. This is hard to watch.
— Amy West (@TV_amyy) May 14, 2019
— Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) May 14, 2019
“Aladdin” stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine and comes to theaters on May 24, whether you’re ready or not.