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Disney Magic Camp – The Movie

(A Movie Review by Inesh Shenoy)

Hello everybody! I am Inesh and today I am writing a review on a new movie called Disney Magic Camp. Disney recently made this movie about learning and performing magic, which was going to hit the theatres in 2020 but due to the pandemic it was delayed. So they released it worldwide via the new Disney+ streaming channel, which is available via Hotstar in India. 

Image courtesy: Disney Magic Camp

Disney Magic Camp is roughly based on the world famous Tannen’s Magic Camp. It is a real-life 7-days magic camp which children who want to learn and improve their magic attend, and famous and wonderful magicians from around the world come together and teach them magic. This experience is captured well in the award-winning 2012 documentary called ‘Magic Camp’ by Judd Ehrlich. That film can be watched on Amazon Prime for free. I think you will like it.

Image courtesy: Tannen’s Magic

This year, due to COVID-19, the Tannen’s Magic decided to hold their Magic Camp online. My twin Ishaan and I both attended the sessions and it was a lot of fun. We got to learn magic from top magicians from around the world and to perform magic too! While this latest film by Disney is inspired by Tannen’s Magic Camp, it does a lot of things differently from the real camp.

For starters, in the film, the Magic Camp is called ‘The Institute of Magic’ and it is a camp where children go to learn magic for one month. All the children attending the camp are grouped into four groups: Diamonds, Hearts, Clubs, and Spades, and after that they compete for the Top Hat Competition and the Golden Wand. For the Top Hat Competition all the groups perform magic and the best group wins. The Golden Wand is awarded to the person who performed the best magic act.

The story line of the movie is about a boy named Theo Moses, who got into magic because of his father Devin Moses. Theo’s father passes away, and Theo practices cardistry (card tricks) to feel better.

Andy Dickerman (played by Adam DeVine) had attended the Institute many years back and had won three Golden Wands. Roy Preston (played by Jeffery Tambor) who is the head of the Institute of Magic asks Andy if he would teach the kids, but Andy wouldn’t come because he has stopped doing magic. But when Andy realised that his rival and ex-friend Kristina Darkwood (Gillian Jacobs) was coming as a trainer, he accepted. Andy and Kristina were a magic duo, but they fought and so they were now rivals.

Similarly, the movie plays with the topics of friendship, love, misunderstandings, and magic. Thanks to all this, it becomes a great and wonderful movie. The movie also ties in magic into life. I really enjoyed it.

My favourite part is Theo showing off his cardistry and magic. It also shows how each of us can be good at different things, and how each of this can be magic. I think you should watch the movie because it really shows how magic is everywhere.

It was a lot of fun watching the Magic Camp movie. It is available on Hotstar, so you can watch it right from your homes. Go watch it. I really hope you enjoy it. See you next time! Bye!

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Aladdin – A Disney Movie

A Movie Review by Inesh Shenoy

Aladdin is a new Disney movie directed by Guy Richie. The movie has real people acting in it, along with very good animation and computer graphics. It also has a nice combination of songs. Thanks to the #StarMoviesSecretScreening, we got to watch the movie a day before it released in the City theatres. 

Here we are with our very own #StarMoviesSecretScreening boarding passes to watch Aladdin!

Aladdin is a poor street boy who lives in Agrabah with his pet monkey Abu. Agrabah is a small city ruled by the Sultan. Princess Jasmine is the Sultan’s daughter. She has a pet tiger named Rajah. Aladdin and Princess Jasmine fall in love, but there is a rule in the Kingdom that the princess can only marry a prince.  

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Jafar is the Grand Vizier of the kingdom. He is a sorcerer and wants to find a legendary magical lamp. With that lamp he wants to be the most powerful being in the world, and also be the Sultan of the Kingdom. Jafar promises Aladdin that if he gets the lamp for him, he will make him a prince. The lamp is inside a cave. Aladdin goes inside the Cave of Wonders, but gets trapped inside. Aladdin also frees a magic carpet inside the magical cave. 

The Star Movies people asked us to take a photo when the the magic lamp first appeared!

Not knowing what the lamp is, he rubs it and a huge Genie appears. The Genie says he can grant him three wishes. With the Genie’s help, Aladdin and Abu escape from the cave with the lamp and the magic carpet. Now Jafar is after Aladdin, wanting to get the lamp and the Genie. Jafar manages to grab the lamp from Aladdin and now that he controls the Genie, he appoints himself as the Sultan and takes over the kingdom. 

Can Aladdin defeat Jafar with his pet monkey Abu and the magic carpet?  How can they fight Jafar now that he is the master of the genie too? What will happen to Princess Jasmine? To know what happens next, you have to watch Disney’s Aladdin movie.  

I loved all the songs in the movie. My favourite song was “Friend Like Me”,  by Will Smith. I also liked the song Speechless, sung by Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine in the movie. It is a very powerful and touching song, and plays an important role in the movie.  Another favourite song of mine from this movie is “Prince Ali”. This song is also  sung by Will Smith. 

Enjoying popcorn as we wait for the movie to start!

Will Smith did an amazing job acting as the Genie, and I loved his role.I also loved his songs. Mena Massoud plays Aladdin and Princess Jasmine is played by Naomi Scott. I liked both their roles a lot. I also liked Jafar’s character, because of all the sorcery and magic he shows. 

I loved the movie a lot. I think you should watch this movie because it is a really magical and fun movie. 

Bio: Inesh Shenoy is a ten-year old, and a twin brother of Ishaan. Along with their seven-year-old brother Iresh Shenoy, they make the #iThree. They share their real-life experiences of books, movies, and travels at