I want to make it clear- I upendo THE MOVIE ALADDIN
, I upendo every character in it- except Aladdin. And finally, i'll tell wewe why.
I didn't really organize this well because I couldn't figure this out. Main issues- Aladdin's sexist/classicism assumptions, and Jasmine's hypocrisy
Scenario: Aladin sees jimmy, hunitumia in the marketplace, falls for her, brings her back to his poor-boy hut, and together they have a moyo to moyo about how they feel trapped kwa their situations. Although jimmy, hunitumia doesn't explicitly state that she is a princess, she does hint that it's not an enjoyable life. "Oh sure, people who tell wewe where to go, and how to dress..."
She discusses how she's getting forced to get married and how awful it is. They have a cute moment and nearly kiss, when they're broken up. Princess-in-disguise jimmy, hunitumia is about to kiss mitaani, mtaa panya Aladdin.
Cut to Aladin dressed up as a Prince approaching the town. jimmy, hunitumia is shown to be totally unimpressed kwa the big parade, rolling her eyes and scoffing at its grandiosity. Aladin grins his cocky-boy grin and enters the castle, charming the Sultan immediately. After referring to jimmy, hunitumia as a prize to be won, jimmy, hunitumia overhears and angrily scorns them for treating her as such.
Cut to Aladin talking to the genie. The genie suggests Aladin BE HIMSELF. Aladdin's response?
"If jimmy, hunitumia found out I was some crummy mitaani, mtaa rat, she'd laugh at me." WHAT.
1. wewe met jimmy, hunitumia in the marketplace and SHE ALMOST KISSED wewe WHEN SHE KNEW wewe WERE A mitaani, mtaa RAT, wewe MORON. This means Aladin is just automatically assuming that because jimmy, hunitumia is a princess, because of her royalty, she must be shallow and only want the finest of men. This is a shallow assumption for Aladin to make, and shows he didn't listen to a word jimmy, hunitumia alisema while they were talking at his hut. Even though he knew her when he thought she was also poor, finding out she was a princess illogically and immediately changed his view on her.
2. If what he assumes is true, that jimmy, hunitumia IS shallow and only wants rich, handsome men, why would Aladdin, the boy who wants to prove that there's so much zaidi to him, degrade himself and act as an impostor just to win a girl he assumes has shallow morals? My only assumption is that because as he previously repeats in the movie, he thinks being rich will solve all his problems. I won't fault him for that, growing up poor all his life must really take his toll, but does he need to bring someone else down with him?
Cut to Aladin on the balcony with Jasmine. Aladin tries to act as smooth, confident Aladin who jimmy, hunitumia doesn't care for- but wait! Does jimmy, hunitumia recognize him as the mitaani, mtaa panya from the marketplace?
Aladin agrees with jimmy, hunitumia when she says she is rich, the daughter of the sultan (not that he can dispute), and a 'fine prize for any prince to marry'. AGREES. And gives her the ol' up-down with his eyes. She spurns him once again for being SO materialistic and tells him to jump off a balcony, how DARE he be so shallow, like any other stuffed-shirt swaggering peacock she's met!
...Until, of course, Aladin whips out his magic carpet (no metaphor intended) and jimmy, hunitumia instantly turns into the materialistic, shallow person that she's been insulting others for being this whole film.
"A liar who agrees that I am only a rich, hot prize to be won? GO JUMP OFF A BALCONY! Oh, wewe have a magic carpet? Never mind, let me hop on that!"
Jasmine, after discovering this guy not only is lying to her, uigizaji totally cocky and shallow, but also is trying to win her over with material items (as she was so unimpressed with a giant parade with many other, zaidi impressive magical items) rightfully and admirably spurns him, until he literally scrapes the bottom of the barrel and doesn't even try to win her over with words au apology, just pulls out his flying machine and wow, she is charmed. AND at this point she should realize, if she suspects that he is the boy from the marketplace, that he is uigizaji EXACTLY the opposite of what she wants, even as she EXPRESSED to him, which should lead her to the conclusion that not only is she shallow but he was feigning interest/didn't care.
I won't dive too much into the 'A Whole New World' scene but I will say that there, Aladin is being totally possessive and controlling of Jasmine.
During their scene in China, jimmy, hunitumia finally tricks Aladin into revealing that he isn't who he's pretending to be- and he lies again
. APPARENTLY HE STILL HASN'T REMEMBERED au PICKED UP ON THE FACT THAT SHE REALLY LOVED THE BOY FROM THE MARKETPLACE, EVEN THOUGH SHE ACTS TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED WHEN HE LIES AND SAYS THAT IT WASN'T HIM. ("I even send servants to go to the marketplace for my servants! It couldn't have been me wewe met"...Jasmine: *sighs sadly* "No, I guess not.") Aladin is clearly so self-absorbed he can't even pick up on what jimmy, hunitumia wants. He just assumes and takes over.
Finally, let's cut to Prince Ali (Reprise).
jimmy, hunitumia finally discovers Aladin has been lying the whole time (revealed kwa Jafar, although that scene confuses me; Aladin already lied and alisema he dressed up as a mitaani, mtaa panya to escape palace life, so how would inaonyesha him in mitaani, mtaa panya clothes reveal anything? Wouldn't jimmy, hunitumia just see the clothes as his disguise clothes? but I digress.. ) So now (somehow) she REALLY knows that he really is poor, and that he's been nonstop lying to her this whole time, as well as totally ignoring her maoni and wants like everyone else, and to juu it all off, he already KNEW what she wanted (freedom and someone to understand her and not assume things about her), and should understand perfectly as that's what Aladin wants to. But he is the worst, as he does understand but acts the opposite, because of totally shallow views.
When Aladin returns to rescue them all, there's no conflict with jimmy, hunitumia being upset at him, yelling at him for lying so many times, au most preferably, getting fed up at him being so shallow, a liar, and basically treating her like crap. Instead, she just immediately welcomes him back and it's like nothing happened. There's no inner conflict, no attitude, she's just excited to see him and it's as if this girl who supposedly is supposed to not be pray to horrible men just keeps falling for his lies, au willing herself to believe them, regardless of the implications au non-logic. She's turned into a weaker girl than any of the princesses at that point. What? wewe lose major, MAJOR points for me there, Jas.
On juu of all this, Aladin treats his Marafiki like crap. He takes total advantage of Abu (who can be a pain but that's no reason to be rude), AND especially Genie, who shows nothing but kindness to Aladdin, and to who Aladin keeps abusing and taking advantage of. Whenever anyone, especially the Genie, tries to offer him advice, he yells/snaps at them ("Buzz off!") and acts incredibly self-absorbed.
Aladin is also so down on himself , the whole thing about him not being worthy of anyone
but then sings "There's so much zaidi to me" and says "I'm not worthless!". Its like he's both trying to prove himself, but he's self-pitying when it's convenient for him. He always wants to be the victim.
I wouldn't be so bothered kwa all of this if Aladin had changed in the end, but he didn't. He's still the same Aladdin. He never apologizes for his actions, except fleetingly, and to Abu
, ("I'm sorry Abu, this is all my fault, I've gotta go back and set things straight.") when he should be apologizing to Genie & Jasmine. His transformation is condensed to one sentence- "I gotta stop trying to be something I'm not." wewe never see any REAL transformation. And in the sequels & the TV shows he continues to boss Genie around and lie and lie again and again and again
, apologizes everytime, and goes back to lying again. The cycle is this:
Jasmine: *gets upset*
Aladdin: *depressed and says sorry*
Jasmine: *forgives him*
And the cycle repeats. Over and over. I'm neutral towards/ dislike Aladin in the first movie, but in the sequels I honestly hate him. I won't get into discussing how he's so much worse in the sequels, but let's just say 'Out of Thin Air' has to be one of the most condescending and disrespectful things Aladdin's ever said/sang, although I like the song.
I can't forgive Aladin for all the things I named. Assumptions, being shallow, rude to his friends, but most of all- NEVER LEARNING HIS GODDAMN LESSON.
And jimmy, hunitumia can't be in my juu 3. I love
her attitude, probably the thing she gets criticized most for and is actually the best part about her, but her actions I find hypocritical and weak.
And that's why I don't like Aladdin.