When the teaser trailer first came out for Adam Green’s Aladdin, we called it “surreal, satirical, awkward, and wonderfully bonkers in a not-at-all-G-rated way.” Now that the full trailer is out, we’re still calling it “surreal, satirical, awkward, and wonderfully bonkers in a not-at-all-G-rated way” but also adding star-studded, hilarious, and hip to the list of qualifiers. Indeed, we spot Natasha Lyonne, Macaulay Culkin, Alia Shawkat, Zoë Kravitz, and more, all in this dream party we’d die to attend.
The official synopsis describes the film as such:
Set in the modern day world, Adam’s hyper-sensory, poetic and humorously subversive take on the classic Arabian Nights tale stars Adam as Aladdin living with his dysfunctional family in a “regular” American town ruled by a corrupt Sultan with a decadent socialite daughter.
What that doesn’t tell you is how much of a psychedelic trip the entire trailer is. From papier-mâché props to garish paint colors and every level of absurdity (pretty sure we’re never hearing the line “print me an asparagus chair” ever again in a piece of cinema), we’re not sure if we should trip to watch this, or if this is the actual incarnation of a trip.
This is the second feature from multihyphenate artist Adam Green (one-half of The Moldy Peaches), and in addition to writing, directing, and starring in the film, he will be releasing its soundtrack as well. He literally has his hands in every part of the creative process, and it’s a colorful, odd, and strangely delightful peek at what goes on inside Green’s head when he daydreams. Adam Green’s Aladdin debuts in Canada and the U.S. on April 15, and will be released worldwide on May 12.