The Little Mermaid’s First Reactions Are In – Is This Another Successful Trip To The Surface For Ariel?

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The Little Mermaid is the latest live action Disney remake to swim into cinemas and the World Premier was last night at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Stars like Chloe Bailey, Offset and Marsai Martin attended the premier but was the film actually any good?

Well the first reactions are in and they are more positive than negative. Just like the Disney animated classic, the movie follows a young spirited mermaid Ariel (Halle Bailey) who longs to find out more about life on land. During her visit to the surface she falls in love with Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King).

But of course there is a catch. Mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans but Ariel follows her heart and makes a deal with evil sea witch Ursula (Melissa McCarthy) who turns her into a human and she embarks on her new life on land.

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Some of the lucky few who attended the premier last night have taken to social media and shared their reactions.

Disney’s #TheLittleMermaid is definitely one of the better live-action adaptions,” Erik Davis tweeted. “Halle Bailey pours incredible emotion into Ariel and I got chills watching her, while Melissa McCarthy’s Ursula and Daveed Diggs’ Sebastian steal scenes all day.”

Zoë Rose Bryant also had great things to say about the cast of the live-action remake, insisting the film “retains the heart and soul of the story we know and love”, adding: “It’s elevated even further by a note-perfect star-making performance from Halle Bailey – she was born to be on the big screen, & she’s why this new take is worth watching.” 

While several critics do note the movie has some flaws, most seem to agree Bailey is a great fit for the role of Ariel, despite the unnecessary controversy around Halle’s race.

The Little Mermaid also stars Javier Bardem as King Triton and Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina (a new character for the remake), while Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina and Daveed Diggs voice Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian, respectively.

Bridgerton’s Simone Ashley plays Indira, one of Ariel’s six Mer-Sisters alongside Kajsa Mohammar (Karina), Nathalie Sorrell (Caspia), Karolina Conchet (Mala), Lorena Andrea (Perla) and Sienna King (Tameka).

The Little Mermaid is the longest Disney live-action remake to date at two hours and 15 minutes long, and the movie has updated certain lyrics in classic songs, based on today’s generation’s views on gender roles and women empowerment.

“There are some lyric changes in ‘Kiss the Girl’ because people have gotten very sensitive about the idea that [Prince Eric] would, in any way, force himself on [Ariel],” composer Alan Menken explained.

The Little Mermaid is released in cinemas on May 26.

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3 thoughts on “The Little Mermaid’s First Reactions Are In – Is This Another Successful Trip To The Surface For Ariel?

  1. I Think Halle Bailey as Ariel In the live adaptation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Is the Worst Casting Of all time


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