2019 was always touted to be Disney’s big year. Now, we’re almost halfway through and the verdict is already bittersweet. Disney has scored; there is absolutely no doubt about that. However, most of that score comes from the MCU for which Disney is only the distributor. More than $1 Billion for ‘Captain Marvel’ and more than $2.5 Billion for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is a sizeable and respectable amount by any yardstick, but where Disney seemed to be losing on was its own properties.
‘Dumbo’ was the first one to face the slew opening to extremely mixed audience and critics reactions, a rarity for Disney as well as Tim Burton, raking in $344 Million worldwide during its theatrical run: again a respectable sum of money but a disappointment when we look at what non Disney properties being only distributed by Disney have grossed, or what Disney properties or live action adaptations in the past have grossed. Case in point being ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Something seems to be going wrong somewhere, and while box office foreseers and pundits scratch their heads over that, as an avid movie goer and Disney fan, I can only be optimistic in the hopes that the remaining live action adaptations that Disney has planned over the year, beginning with ‘Aladdin’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Maleficient: Mistress of Evil’ and ‘Lady and the Tramp’, open to a warmer reception.
Coming back to this week’s big release ‘Aladdin’ that will see Mena Massoud as the titular character along with Will Smith as the Genie and Naomi Scott as Jasmine. What would perhaps be the biggest draw for me is that the film is directed by Guy Ritchie, and him and Disney should definitely be a potent mix. I cannot wait to see what he brings to the table in his signatory style, and how the colourful Agrabah and all my returning favourites from the 1992 original including the Genie, Iago, Abu, Rajah and the magic carpet (well!) fare. With all that said now, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Aladdin’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Aladdin’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Frequently regarded among the best films ever made, a pure classic and the gold standard when it comes to historical epics, this one sheds light on the enigma of a man that was T.E. Lawrence. Yes, for today’s standards it might be a tad bit too long at 216 minutes, but it is also bound to transport you to an altogether different location and time if significantly invested in. Emphasis on the last part. The film particularly focuses on the period during the First World War when Lawrence united the Arabs against the Turks, and the personal struggles he endured during the time. For history geeks and film buffs alike, this is an absolute must watch not to be missed at any cost. You can take my word for it if you still haven’t seen it.
9. Beauty and the Beast (2017)