Review: The Little Mermaid (2023)

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The Little Mermaid (2023)

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I enjoyed the Disney’s animated classic as a child so I was excited to take my girlfriend and her 8-year-old to see the live-action rendition of “The Little Mermaid”. While it doesn’t quite capture the magic and charm of the original, it still offers an enjoyable experience that “Disnerds“ will appreciate. My advice? Wait until it’s available to stream, so you can dive into this oceanic adventure at your convenience.

One of the film’s drawbacks lies in the new original songs. Unfortunately, they don’t quite measure up to the beloved tunes from the animated version. The lyrics often veer into cheesy territory, and the melodies lack the memorable quality that made the original songs so timeless. That said, I did enjoy the updated renditions of the original songs like “Kiss the Girl” and “Under the Sea”.

One aspect that truly shines in this adaptation is the impressive visual effects, particularly during the sequences featuring Ursula, the nefarious sea witch. The CGI work is breathtaking, seamlessly bringing her dark and mesmerizing presence to life. The underwater world itself is visually stunning, with vibrant colors and imaginative design.

However, I must mention an unfortunate distraction during my theater experience. A crying child, who appeared to be under the age of five, disrupted the film’s atmosphere. Their parents’ attempts to quiet and discipline the child, resorting to spankings, made the movie less enjoyable for those around them. This regrettable situation detracted from the overall experience and made it difficult to fully enjoy the film.

Despite its flaws, “The Little Mermaid” still manages to capture the essence of the beloved tale and delivers a heartfelt rendition. The cast, led by a talented ensemble, brings their own interpretations to the iconic characters, breathing new life into their roles. Halle Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel is charming, capturing the character’s curiosity and longing for a different world.

Overall, while it falls short of the original, “The Little Mermaid” is worth a watch for die-hard Disney fans and those seeking a nostalgic trip under the sea. The visual effects are a treat for the eyes. However, I would suggest to wait for the chance to stream at home to avoid dealing with any external distractions.

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