The Little Mermaid 2023 Movie Review: Burn It!

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The Little Mermaid 2023 is a live-action remake of the 1989 version, featuring some notable differences. The story revolves around Ariel, a young mermaid princess yearning to explore the world beyond the underwater realm. Her desire is granted, but at a cost, as she strikes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Ariel’s decision disrupts the delicate balance between the underwater and surface worlds, and she must undertake the task of stopping the witch and uniting both realms.

The Little Mermaid 2023 Characters/ Roast

Ariel (Halle Bailey) is a young teen who yearns to explore and experience life. While there are elements reminiscent of the 1989 version, this portrayal veers away from a creepy and lovesick character, presenting Ariel as a determined and empowered young woman. The nature of Ariel’s pact with Ursula involves the extraction of blood and a piece of her skin, enhancing the sinister nature of their agreement. Once Ariel changed into a human, she didn’t need help getting to the surface. She fought Ursula and steered the ship into her in this version. She was a miniature action star in this movie. The marketing should have included that she would save herself.

Sebastian (Daveed Diggs) serves as King Triton’s right-hand, but doesn’t voice the strong Jamaican accent associated with the character. While Daveed is talented in other areas, he doesn’t quite capture the essence of the beloved crab. It is a tough shell to fill, and he didn’t deliver.

Flounder (Jacob Tremblay), Ariel’s loyal friend, still has a voice lacking testosterone, but for some reason he now participates in a few musical numbers. He is still annoying and lingers longer in this version. The character design for Flounder was not what I expected; I was expecting a thicker fish, but I got the model version instead.

Scuttle (Awkwafina) is the bird that aids Ariel in this remake. She could speak underwater despite the scientific rules of nature and raps during a musical number. The scene was not amusing and should’ve been deleted from the film.

King Triton (Javier Bardem), the ruler of Atlantica, has daughters that reflect a diverse representation, reminiscent of the multicultural imagery seen in Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” music video. Like they each represent BRICS nations. It’s unclear if they share the same mother, but Triton seems to have been quite active in the seven seas. Triton’s physical appearance differs from the original muscular version. I just want to know, who told this man it was wise to wear an Aquaman-like body armor?

Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King) is the safe prince charming; unlike the previous Disney princes, he is the damsel in distress and needs to be saved. The scene where he let Ariel drive the carriage almost caused several hit-and-runs. He even had a brief song that really didn’t need to be added to the movie. He sang by the rocks, then he was on a boat. I was confused by this transition; I still don’t know. In this version, they pointed out he was 21, but they left out Ariel’s age. Age really is nothing but a number.

Ursula (Melissa McCarthy) was the sea-witch who surprised me in this movie. Out of everyone in this rainbow inclusion movie, she was the best one, almost even arguably to the animated version as well. At least song-wise. This version made it known upfront that she wanted Triton’s Trident, and when she made a deal with Ariel, she included a spell that would make her forget she had three days to kiss the prince. Melissa is known for comedy movies that aren’t funny, but as an actress, she did pretty well in this movie.

 The Little Mermaid 2023 Thoughts

The Little Mermaid 2023 sparked controversy since its announcement, with some focusing on the portrayal of a black Ariel as if her skin color alone would undermine the film. The notion of Ariel as a lost Danish Viking princess with blonde hair speaking a language similar to “Lord of the Rings” is unrealistic. This remake, like other recent live-action adaptations, feels drawn-out and unimaginative, resulting in financial losses for Disney. However, Disney often receives funding to convey certain messages. Interestingly, one of Ariel’s sisters has a modern-sounding name, raising the question of whether the same movie and story could be told with a different name for the lead character. Ariel was cool and Melissa was cool, but the rest of the cast needed work. Watching the original and its remake gave me a sense of déjà vu, as it closely mirrors the original in both dialogue and scenes, with a few added songs and stretched-out sequences reminiscent of Netflix’s Bridgerton. Directed by Rob Marshall, whose previous films I’m familiar with but haven’t seen recently, this movie has a runtime of 2 hours and 15 minutes, and the extra time added to the film is noticeable. As a veteran filmmaker, one would expect Rob Marshall to deliver a more compelling production, but this remake falls short in that regard.

The Little Mermaid 2023 Score 2 out of 10

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