Disney’s live-action Aladdin is almost a charming rom-com — when it’s not a sluggish musical

Guy Ritchie’s remake thankfully overcomes most of its cultural baggage — but it loses the joy of its predecessor.

How do you solve a problem like Aladdin? Disney’s questionable live-action remake of its acclaimed 1992 animated film, which finally hits theaters May 24, has been dogged by controversy and skepticism since before production even began. Director Guy Ritchie, known for action comedies but not musicals, seemed an unlikely choice to direct the story, especially given the...

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