Live Action Little Mermaid Review
When the next Live Action project Disney announced to be under filming was The Little Mermaid, I was excited yet scared. Especially growing up as a Disney Princess’ girl, I have been enjoying the retellings of these magical stories I have loved for so long, but I was a little afraid, especially with this film, that some of the underwater magic would be lost. But Disney delivered and they did it beautifully!
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Settings Review of The Little Mermaid
Director Rob Marshall was able to capture and magnify the beauty under the sea and on land. Both settings were so gorgeous that I could not stop wanting to see more. While the ocean was bright, beautiful, and vivid, the main land featured many calming and aesthetically pleasing colors that made both worlds complement each other. The island and the castle were so beautiful, I just wished I could pause the movie to take it all in.
And while the scenery was beautiful, the songs I knew and loved were kept and perfected by the amazing Lin-Manuel Miranda, known for Encanto(2021) and Hamilton(2015), and performed by the awesome Halle Bailey, who sounds like the voice of Ariel on the animated
version. Hearing her took me back to when I was five and dressing up as a mermaid while watching the film. The Director did an awesome job following the plot from the original movie.
It truly felt like it was converted to live action! Many of the original scenes were kept and I loved that so much.
Overall review of The Live Action Little Mermaid
There was a lot of commotion around the casting for the role of Ariel, but hopefully now everyone knows Disney knows best! Halle Bailey delivered an awesome performance as Ariel and now I can’t imagine anyone else playing that role. I will give props to Disney for having a diverse cast for this film, from the main characters to the extras, and I dare say this is one of the most diverse Disney live action films I have watched. Everyone was so talented and the chemistry between all the actors was beautiful, that I made me shed some tears of laughter and sadness a couple of times.
How did I feel after sitting through The Little Mermaid?
Overall, I really enjoyed watching this film and will certainly be back at the movie theater to watch it one more time when it comes out. Do not miss out on getting your tickets to watch
The Little Mermaid at your closest movie theater on May 26th! Thank you to Disney to inviting me to watch this so I could write up my review.
“The Little Mermaid” is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden from interacting with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy.
The film stars singer and actress Halle Bailey (“grown-ish”) as Ariel; Jonah Hauer-King (“A Dog’s Way Home”) as Eric; Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”) as the voice of Sebastian; Awkwafina (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) as the voice of Scuttle; Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) as the voice of Flounder; Noma Dumezweni (“Mary Poppins Returns”) as The Queen; Art Malik (“Homeland”) as Sir Grimsby; with Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Being the Ricardos”) as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”) as Ursula. “The Little Mermaid” is directed by Oscar® nominee Rob Marshall (“Chicago,” “Mary Poppins Returns”) with a screenplay by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (“Life of Pi,” “Finding Neverland”). The songs feature music from multiple Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”) and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and new lyrics by three-time Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,’ “In the Heights”). The film is produced by two-time Emmy® winner Marc Platt (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “Grease Live!”), Miranda, two-time Emmy winner John DeLuca (“Tony Bennett: An American Classic”), and Rob Marshall, with Jeffrey Silver (“The Lion King”) serving as executive producer.
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