Kid’s take on movies: ‘Aladdin’

Aladdin, an action-filled movie, is incredible. The acting is remarkable, and the music is excellent. It will truly touch your heart.

The story is about a poor boy named Aladdin (Mena Massoud) who lives in Agrabah and falls in love with the Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott).

At the beginning of the movie, Aladdin faces challenges when he is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer named Jafar (Marwan Kenzari). The sorcerer sends him into a dangerous, treasure-filled cave to retrieve a magical golden lamp. After getting trapped in the cave, Aladdin accidentally rubs the lamp and, voila — the Genie (Will Smith) appears. Soon after, Aladdin sets out to impress Princess Jasmine, and their adventure begins.

Disney has made so many spectacular movies, from Snow White to Moana and now this live-action version of Aladdin — which is by far one of the best. Of course, this is no surprise because it has many wonderful actors. The costumes are dazzling. Not one detail is missed.

My favorite scene is when the Genie describes how he lives inside of the itty-bitty golden lamp for 1,000 years. It’s very cramped. My favorite characters are Dalia and the Genie. Dalia is innocent, giddy and funny. The Genie is magical, entertaining and charismatic.

The message of Aladdin is to be yourself, and don’t do anything to change that. It has some negative behavior and some risky things that kids might imitate, but that’s unlikely.

I give this movie a 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 15. Adults might like watching this with their kids.

‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’

By Ethan P.

KIDS FIRST! film critic, age 10

I love this movie so much. I couldn’t stop laughing and crying with tears of joy. Even the adults in the movie theater laughed and enjoyed this movie.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is about a city named Ryme City, where people are living with Pokémon. A young man named Tim Goodman travels there to find out the reason for the mysterious disappearance of his father, Harry Goodman. In the process, Tim finds a strange, purple substance that makes all the Pokémon act weird. Tim also finds Pikachu. For some reason, he can speak with Pikachu.

The movie is hilarious because of Ryan Reynolds, even though there are some jokes not suitable for children.

The moral of this film is not to give up. Tim wants to give up on his mission. Instead, he teams up with Pikachu, and together they make a great team. Pikachu saves Tim from going home. The end has a very twisted mystery that leaves everyone in the audience with their mouths wide open.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, but adults over 18 can enjoy it, too.