Aladdin on Disney Plus: Comparing the live action and cartoon characters

Mena Massoud is Aladdin in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.
Mena Massoud is Aladdin in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie. /
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Navid Negahban is the Sultan and Marwan Kenzari is Jafar in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.
Navid Negahban is the Sultan and Marwan Kenzari is Jafar in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie. /

Jafar

Jafar is a personal favorite. More than almost everyone in this movie, he was going to be judged the hardest.

The first Jafar was pure evil and a manipulative opportunist who was willing to do anything for power. He was hypnotizing the sultan to force Jasmine into marriage, tried to kill Aladdin multiple times, and almost won the battle. If it wasn’t for his own hubris he may have won.

The live action Jafar was all of this as well. The differences were in their approaches. The live action Jafar was smoother. We also got his backstory. That helped understand his obsession a bit more. The cartoon could be a bit silly, and it fit the theme of the movie.

Advantage: Equal

One Jafar wasn’t more superior than the other. The live action version was ruthless and uncaring. The way he moved and acted was cruel. He wasn’t meant to be liked.

The cartoon was meant to be enjoyed more than despised. His back and forth with Iago added to an already masterful performance. Sure, he did some despicable things, but he still had moments that made us all laugh and smile. These two were too close to pick a clear winner. They were both perfect villains for their respective movies. Kudos to both of them.