Gotta be honest here.
Wanted to love it.
Love Zayn. I mean, I looooooooooove Zayn.
And I want to love the new Aladdin.
I’m keeping an open mind.
No. This is not the way to go.
Zayn and singer Zhavia Ward toss off an oddly casual remake of “A Whole New World” in which each sound like they’re discussing menu items with a waiter. I mean. YOU ARE DISCOVERING A. WHOLE. NEW. WORLD. You can let some excitement creep into your voices. You can quaver and gasp and leap to that big note. But no. They mumble and underplay it and keep it cool. Completely at odds with the lyrics. NOT a good sign for the movie.
Listen below and see if you agree.