I’ve been thinking about this scene a lot lately. I remember as a kid thinking to myself how there was no way I was going to screw up a chance like that. I’d follow directions properly. Then I’d remind myself that it wasn’t Aladdin’s fault in this scene, it was Abu’s fault. And then my next question was, would I survive? It was always a humbling internal conversation.
Why is this scene important to the rest of the story? Was this the only way for Aladdin to find a magic lamp? Why did it have to be in a scary cave where we was never going to escape from?
The first thing that comes to mind after these questions is,
When you hit rock bottom, the only other way is up.
Aladdin finds magic in the bottom of a cave where he was supposed to die. I’m not suggesting that we all dive head first toward rock bottom. I’m suggesting that maybe this part of the movie was added to give those who felt they are at rock some hope.
Hope is nice. We don’t always need hope but when we do it can be life saving.
So that’s my grown up thoughts on Aladdin in The Cave of Wonders scene.