I want to make it clear- I amor THE MOVIE ALADDIN
, I amor every character in it- except Aladdin. And finally, i'll tell tu 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: aladdín sees jazmín in the marketplace, falls for her, brings her back to his poor-boy hut, and together they have a corazón to corazón about how they feel trapped por their situations. Although jazmín doesn't explicitly state that she is a princess, she does hint that it's not an enjoyable life. "Oh sure, people who tell tu 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 jazmín is about to kiss calle rata Aladdin.
Cut to aladdín dressed up as a Prince approaching the town. jazmín is shown to be totally unimpressed por the big parade, rolling her eyes and scoffing at its grandiosity. aladdín grins his cocky-boy grin and enters the castle, charming the Sultan immediately. After referring to jazmín as a prize to be won, jazmín overhears and angrily scorns them for treating her as such.
Cut to aladdín talking to the genie. The genie suggests aladdín BE HIMSELF. Aladdin's response?
"If jazmín found out I was some crummy calle rat, she'd laugh at me." WHAT.
1. tu met jazmín in the marketplace and SHE ALMOST KISSED tu WHEN SHE KNEW tu WERE A calle RAT, tu MORON. This means aladdín is just automatically assuming that because jazmín is a princess, because of her royalty, she must be shallow and only want the finest of men. This is a shallow assumption for aladdín to make, and shows he didn't listen to a word jazmín dicho 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 jazmín IS shallow and only wants rich, handsome men, why would Aladdin, the boy who wants to prove that there's so much más 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 aladdín on the balcony with Jasmine. aladdín tries to act as smooth, confident aladdín who jazmín doesn't care for- but wait! Does jazmín recognize him as the calle rata from the marketplace?
aladdín agrees with jazmín 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, aladdín whips out his magic carpet (no metaphor intended) and jazmín 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, tu have a magic carpet? Never mind, let me hop on that!"
Jasmine, after discovering this guy not only is lying to her, actuación 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, más 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 o 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 actuación 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, aladdín is being totally possessive and controlling of Jasmine.
During their scene in China, jazmín finally tricks aladdín into revealing that he isn't who he's pretending to be- and he lies again
. APPARENTLY HE STILL HASN'T REMEMBERED o 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 tu met"...Jasmine: *sighs sadly* "No, I guess not.") aladdín is clearly so self-absorbed he can't even pick up on what jazmín wants. He just assumes and takes over.
Finally, let's cut to Prince Ali (Reprise).
jazmín finally discovers aladdín has been lying the whole time (revealed por Jafar, although that scene confuses me; aladdín already lied and dicho he dressed up as a calle rata to escape palace life, so how would mostrando him in calle rata clothes reveal anything? Wouldn't jazmín 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 vistas and wants like everyone else, and to parte superior, arriba 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 aladdín wants to. But he is the worst, as he does understand but acts the opposite, because of totally shallow views.
When aladdín returns to rescue them all, there's no conflict with jazmín being upset at him, yelling at him for lying so many times, o 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, o willing herself to believe them, regardless of the implications o non-logic. She's turned into a weaker girl than any of the princesses at that point. What? tu lose major, MAJOR points for me there, Jas.
On parte superior, arriba of all this, aladdín treats his friends 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 aladdín 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.
aladdín is also so down on himself , the whole thing about him not being worthy of anyone
but then sings "There's so much más 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 por all of this if aladdín 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." tu 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 aladdín 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 aladdín for all the things I named. Assumptions, being shallow, rude to his friends, but most of all- NEVER LEARNING HIS GODDAMN LESSON.
And jazmín can't be in my parte superior, arriba 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.