It was nearly 9 p.m. ET when it happened. The latest trailer for Aladdin started playing during a commercial break for the Grammys. There were scenes featuring Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, and Jafar. Fans were curious—will we finally get to see Will Smith as the Genie in the blue form that we grew to love from the 1992 animated film?
As blue smoke started to make its way out of the lamp, the anticipation grew. This is it! This is the moment! And then, this is what we saw.
Yes, the Genie looked wildly brolic.
As a whole, Will Smith as the Genie was frightening. It was odd. It was nightmare-inducing, and many people seemed to agree with the latter.