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Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin has still yet to hit theaters, but many fans of the original are already incredibly disappointed with Will Smith's turn as the Genie.
This week, Disney released a preview clip from the movie, which premieres on May 24. In it, the Genie sings the popular song 'Prince Ali' while Aladdin himself, disguised as a prince, is ushered through town in the middle of a parade.
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But whereas the musical number was an exciting comedic high point of the original animated film, many fans are saying this version falls flat and is lacking energy.
Disney has been dribbling hints and sneak peaks at the upcoming film leading up to its release next week — and while many people are excited for it to hit theaters, some are doubtful that Will Smith will live up to the very high bar set by Robin Williams, who originally voiced the role.
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And the new preview clip has only fanned the flames of discontent.
The one-minute video shows just the beginning of the musical number, as the Genie begins singing at the beginning of Prince Ali's parade.
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Yet from that short clip, social media critics have found a lot lacking, calling it 'boring,' 'underwhelming,' and even 'horrendous.'
'Wow! It's like the original but way more boring and lacking in energy or exaggeration? Who would've thought that getting rid of animation would get rid of the creativity too?' tweeted one.
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'Have they ever seen Aladdin? This song is one of the hype but the scene is shot so slowly wheres the hype wheres the /life/ why is this a thing cmon now,' complained another.
'This has the same energy of a chili's staff 'happy birthday' song,' quipped one user.
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Some said that much as they like Will Smith, they weren't impressed. One tweeted: 'I like Will Smith, and have fond...
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