As to the other films, it is a bit lame that there's almost no diversity in LOTR. GoT did a much better job considering what's seen with the Dornish, etc. The only non-Anglos you really see in LOTR are the ones driving the elephants and such.
That said, it's an older story, and I'm quite certain that most books I pick up from Asia, Africa, etc., and on down to the country level will lack diversity as well. Authors tend to write from their own experience, so I'm not surprised that a guy who lived and breathed what Tolks did didn't exactly have expansive horizons when it came to what he drew his characters from. I also keep in mind that GoT originally started as a historical fiction centered around medieval England, etc., so there's that.
Honestly it's one of the reasons that I enjoyed Wheel of Time, the Night Angel Trilogy, and quite a few later fantasy series more than Tolkien's work, but I don't think they need to revise what's there just to be PC.
LOTR is racist(Uruk-hai have black skin and are totally evil and a white man makes them wear a white handprint on them, sort of like they are branded by whiteness, the guy who does it even has the words "The White" in his name) and sexist(during Helm's Deep they only want the males to fight) and also...what about ugly people? If you watch the dvd extra's they say when casting for Elves they were looking only for tall, athletic, attractive people. Plus the fact they stay young forever is bigoted against people who age.
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91 Disney classic Beauty and the Beast is one of my top ten movies evah, but I still enjoyed the 2017 live-action version. However, I thought it was a soulless husk of a film when compared to the original animated version.
Favreau's The Jungle Book was a visual masterpiece that greatly improved upon Disney's animated work 50 years or so prior; BatB 2017's set design was horrendous in some locations, had worse vocal performances (Dan Stevens/Josh Grobin with "Forevermore" is the exception to this rule), and brought nothing new to the table. Completely unashamed corporate cash-grab that had the dude who directed the last two Twilight movies at the helm. Bad production choices all around. Note: gotta give credit to Condon for Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. Prolly best horror sequel I've seen, which, granted, isn't saying much, but still.
I say all that to say this: if Aladdin veers more into Jungle Book territory (and, from what my wife says, Branagh's 2015 Cinderella as well), I'll give it a go, if Condon's BatB 2017, nah.