All the Disney live-action remakes definitively ranked
7. ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010)
Young Alice (Mia Wasikowska) runs away from stifling English society to an insane place, with playing-card soldiers and Cheshire Cat. Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter’s big-headed Red Queen are splendidly strange.
6. ‘Aladdin’ (2019)
Robin Williams’ genius Genie is still the best. That said, Will Smith channels his charismatic Big Willie Style days for a blue-skinned magic man who pops onscreen, but the true highlights are the youngsters: Mena Massoud is solid as the movie’s title street rat, while Naomi Scott really sings as an improved, more impassioned Princess Jasmine.
5. ‘Dumbo’ (2019)
On paper, it’s a weird combo: director Tim Burton’s oddball dark quirkiness and an adorable flying elephant. The filmmaker takes the simplistic story of the 1941 cartoon, adds in a lot more human elements (including Colin Farrell as a World War I vet trying to reconnect with his children) and Burton’s signature aesthetic while keeping a childlike sense of wonder.
4. ‘The Lion King’ (2019)
Cutting-edge visual effects create a world of talking photorealistic animals that might as well be a nature documentary, and attention is paid to livening up the humor, with Billy Eichner’s funny, overdramatic meerkat Timon showing up everybody, including Beyoncé.
3. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (2017)
Centering on the unlikely romance between provincial girl Belle (Emma Watson) and her monstrous love interest (Dan Stevens), this “Beauty” casts a spell with new show tunes, and a visually impressive, surprisingly witty man-beast.
2. ‘Maleficent’ (2014)
Played with venom and vigor by Angelina Jolie, the classic supervillainess gets the “Wicked” treatment in the “Sleeping Beauty” revisit. That infamous snoozing curse she puts on Aurora (Elle Fanning) is born from the bad romance and betrayal that befall the once-heroic, formerly winged title fairy, and “Maleficent” has some interesting things to say about true love.
1. 'Cinderella' (2015)
Top-notch casting is the cherry on top, with Lily James as the supremely likable Cinderella, Richard Madden as her down-to-earth prince, Cate Blanchett as the detestable stepmother with her own imperfect backstory, and Helena Bonham Carter as one lovably flighty fairy godmother.