Aladdin

Aladdin ★★★★½

Though the film attempts to show that love transcends cultural status, it ultimately reinforces the distinction between the haves and the have-nots. It seems to suggest that money is a trap, either literally as in The Cave of Wonders or figuratively as demonstrated by Aladdin's failure to impress Jasmine. So while we aren't really on board with Jafar's capitalist philosophy ("whoever has the gold makes the rules"), in a sense his observation is fully correct. Sure, Aladdin's street-rat cunning allows him to beat Jafar, but he and the princess wind up in the same predicament as before, separated by status. Aladdin may be a diamond in the rough, but that basically just makes him a lump of coal. Only when the sultan changes the law are he and Jasmine truly equalized. So as long as we can count on our leaders to admit when they're wrong, everything will be okay.

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