Sophisticated sex comedy that gives Mary Astor some autonomy and features lots of prohibition humor (and young Edward Everett Horton!)
Taron Egerton gives a heartfelt and unflinching performance; well-scripted and paced until the predictable and plodding last quarter drags brings what had been an innovative magical realist musical biopic back down to earth. Seanless integration of most Elton’s hits is most impressive bit, or maybe second best behind the incredible costumes.
This may actually be an improvement on the animated film. Great pace and tight script with added agency and character motivation helping to clean up some problematic edges. Will Smith does yeoman’s work to right-size the genie character and Naomi Scott as Jasmine gives a standout performance. Lots of dancing!