Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” has emerged from the depths, captivating critics and setting a new standard for remakes.
Featuring a talented cast and a breathtaking visual experience, the film triumphs by reimagining a classic tale while remaining true to its roots.
With the global theatrical release approaching, Disney‘s live-action “The Little Mermaid” has made waves among critics, who have lauded the film as the best Disney live-action adaptation to date. The film stars Halle Bailey in the iconic role of Ariel, with a star-studded supporting cast including Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Noma Dumezweni, and others.
Halle Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel has drawn extraordinary praise, with critics agreeing that her performance is nothing short of remarkable. Grace Randolph, host and creator of the YouTube series Beyond the Trailer, shared her glowing review, stating, “The Little Mermaid is Disney’s best live-action adaptation, in that it succeeds not just as nostalgia but as an often stunning film in its own right.” Similarly, Erik Davis, a leading movie commentator, wrote, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid is definitely one of the better live-action adaptions. Halle Bailey pours incredible emotion into Ariel and I got chills watching her.”
The film’s soundtrack, produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, features four original songs and showcases the cast’s exceptional vocal talents. The collaboration of Miranda and Menken has generated an unforgettable musical experience that seamlessly complements the film’s narrative.
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Despite initial controversy surrounding the casting of Bailey as Ariel, which led to the hashtag #NotMyAriel trending on social media, her critics have been silenced by her stellar performance. Bailey addressed the backlash in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, expressing her gratitude for the opportunity to bring her essence to the role, stating, “My hair, for example — incorporating my locks into the red hair was something that was really special to me.”
The film’s success can also be attributed to director Rob Marshall’s skillful blending of the classic story with a modern twist. Film critic Zoe Rose Bryant shared her thoughts, writing, “The Little Mermaid is also easily right up there with CINDERELLA as my favorite of Disney’s live-action remakes – it’s the perfect balance of fresh and familiar, and it makes an oft-told tale feel new again.”
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