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The Little Mermaid: Early reactions to film praise Halle Bailey but criticize lack of ‘magic’

The Little Mermaid: Early reactions to film praise Halle Bailey but criticize lack of ‘magic’

The little mermaid movie 2023

The live-action remake The little Mermaid of Disney will arrive in theaters from May 24th and US critics have now shared their first reactions following the preview of this new aquatic adventure for Ariel and her friends. The reimagining of this beloved animated classic features an all-new cast, one of which stands out Halle Bailey as the titular mermaid, Ariel. Just Bailey is at the center of her main praises, which define her as perfect for this role, with great charisma and excellent singing skills.

However, some opinions question the value of the film, judged “mostly slavishly made remakes and which is not as good as the animated masterpiece“, as written by Insider’s Kirsten Acuna. “Eye-catching but uneven, The little Mermaid it doesn’t offer the magic of the animated classic, but there are plenty of creative touches from Rob Marshall to float the audience’s boats.”, instead writes Simon Thompson. Opinions that therefore would seem to align with those that have been expressed for the previous live action remakes of the Disney classics, accused of losing the magic of the original versions.

Here are some other critics’ opinions:

The little Mermaidthe plot and the cast of the film

The little Mermaid tells the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and vivacious young mermaid in search of adventure. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest and most rebellious daughter, longs to discover more of the world beyond the sea, and as she explores the surface, she falls in love with handsome Prince Eric. Mermaids are forbidden from interacting with humans, but Ariel must follow her heart and make a deal with the wicked sea witch, Ursula, who offers her the chance to experience life on land, but endangers her life and her life. his father’s crown.

The film stars the singer and actress Halle Bailey (grown-ish) as Ariel; Jonah Hauer-King (A four-legged journey) as Prince Eric; Name Dumezweni (Mary Poppins Returns) as Queen Selina; Art Malik (Homeland – Spy Hunt) as Sir Grimsby; with the Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem (It’s no country for old men) as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy (Original copy, Bridesmaids) as Ursula.

The little Mermaid is directed by the Academy Award® nominee Rob Marshall (Chicago, Mary Poppins Returns), with a screenplay by two-time Academy Award nominee David Magee (Life of Pi, Neverland – A dream for life). The songs are scored by multiple Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin), with lyrics by Howard Ashman and new lyrics by three-time Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film is produced by two-time Emmy® winner Marc Platt (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Grease: Live!), by Lin-Manuel Miranda, by two-time Emmy winner John DeLuca (Tony Bennett: An American Classic) and by Rob Marshall, while Jeffrey Silver (The Lion King) is the executive producer.