Will Smith’s ‘Aladdin’ Genie Is Already a Meme


Final night time, amidst the hubbub of the Grammys, Disney launched the primary TV spot for its upcoming live-action model of Aladdin. Directed by Man Ritchie, it options Sizzling Jafar, a sweeping soundtrack, and Will Smith as the long-lasting Genie (the character voiced by Robin Williams within the animated 1992 movie). The trailer itself appeared effective; Smith’s Genie, nevertheless, appeared, nicely, off.

It is onerous to position precisely the place within the Uncanny Valley this explicit picture lives, however given Smith’s blue hue, it is positively wading into Smurf territory. However in a approach, this response positively falls into the class of Be Cautious What You Want For. When Leisure Weekly put the film on its cowl followers responded harshly to the truth that Smith wasn’t blue. When the actor posted the trailer on his Instagram, he captioned it with “I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!! … Y’all need to trust me more often!” Sure, of us ought to at all times belief Will Smith. Ought to they belief CGI? Eh, that is a unique story.

However hey, perhaps this look is not ultimate. Possibly by the point Disney releases the movie on Might 24 the blue will likely be higher. Or perhaps everybody’s collective eyes will regulate? Time will inform. Till then, Twitter will likely be busy turning photos of Smith’s Genie into all the pieces from Jack Nicholson’s character from The Shining to remixes of the Star Is Born meme from final 12 months. Additionally at the moment taking off on Twitter: Comparisons to Tobias Fünke’s “I blue myself” bit from Arrested Improvement and Violet’s transformation right into a blueberry from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Manufacturing unit.

So let’s benefit from the memes—shining, shimmering, splendid.


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