The animation is dazzling (two-thirds of the movie is set underwater). The love story between mermaid Ariel (the sweet voice of Jodi Benson) and mortal Prince Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes) is fairy-tale wonderful. And there is a slew of terrific side characters that make the movie as entertaining for adults as it is for children.
I didn't expected much going into this. But I was pleasantly surprised with the live action version. The actors are all well casted. And if you compare it to the animated version they actually have stayed very much true to the source material adding a little sprinkle of a modern sauce to it, that made it a fresh watch. While most people probably pondering about why Disney had to make this an inclusive woke version, however people tend to forget that this was a fairy tale from danish author Hans Christian Anderson and he never mentioned of what nationality or ethnicity his characters were. And that's what this is. It's fiction in an imaginary world and therefore anyone can depict the characters. This Live action movie of the beloved animated Little Mermaid did the original source justice and the writing and entire cast kept the vibe and magic of the original material alive and actually gave it an extra little more. This shows that diversity matters and can work! My compliments to the production!
The original animated musical was bright and delightful. This live-action version is darker and less thrilling. The plot is the same: She wants to go on land to meet her true love, but will lose her mermaid powers. Halle Bailey plays the title role and she has a lovely presence. As the prince, Jonah Hauer-King was rather bland. Melissa McCarthy did some nice work as Ursula, the villain, while the 3 sidekick creatures added mild fun (Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina). Director Rob Marshall doesn't show much of his previous skills at staging musical numbers. The ones here are OK, just never dazzling. Basically, that's the whole movie: Enjoyable but not exciting.
A cute little cartoon with a completely different message from the original text. As I child I read the story. Sadly children today will think this is the story. Why don't parents read to their children anymore? Electronic babysitters are no replacement for parents. Read to the children.