The Late Late Show with James Corden has a fun way of promoting musicals with their segment Crosswalk the Musical. With Aladdin currently blowing up in theaters right now, Corden has brought together Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Mena Massoud to perform Aladdin songs at a crosswalk.
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James invites the stars of "Aladdin" - Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud - to partake in a special theatrical rendition of the classic story. But James's excitement to conquer the role of Genie is dashed when Will Smith shows up ready to take on the part he plays in the film, leaving James to play Abu. Can Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, and Abu literally survive the stage that is the crosswalk of Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles?
Though I personally thought the live-action film could never top the animation, I have to admit that Smith is probably the best part of the movie. He’s no Robin Williams, but his natural charisma is fun to watch onscreen. If the film had any highlights, it was definitely the Friend Like Me and Prince Ali sequences.
I also have to say that Naomi Scott was probably the second best actor in the film, but I thought her Speechless number was a tad out of place. I did think it was interesting that they tried to subvert her “princess who wants to be normal role” and turned it into “princess who wants to rule.” I mean, it’s a bit Game of Thrones-y, but whatever works, I guess.
Catch Aladdin now in theaters.