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The Little Mermaid review: Disney’s most animated ‘live-action’ remake yet

Far more so than many of Disney’s other recent live-action remakes, director Rob Marshall the little Mermaid expresses its love and respect for the animated classic that it’s updating through expansion rather than wholesale reinvention. Even with all its innovative ideas, it little Mermaid So close to the beat of Disney’s 1989 film that you can’t deny that it was crafted with longtime fans in mind, and there’s a lot to like about them here. But for all the care that clearly went into the film, the little Mermaid It’s also a prime example of how easily VFX-heavy features can feel decidedly illogical when studios forget the importance of fine-tuning their fictional worlds to feel like something grounded in a coherent, thoughtful reality.

Based on the 1837 story by Hans Christian Andersen, the little Mermaid tells the shortest, most curious, and – apparently – familiar story of Ariel (Halle Bailey), ruler of Atlantica, King Triton (Javier Bardem). Ariel cares deeply for her father; his friends Flounder (Jacob Tremblay) and Scuttle (Awkwafina); and his six glamorous older sisters Tamika (Sienna King), Perla (Loreana Andrea), Indira (Simone Ashley), Mala (Carolina Conchet), Karina (Kajsa Mohammar), and Caspia (Nathalie Sorel). But this Ariel, like her 2D animated counterpart, is a daring rebel whose fascination with humans and the superficial world puts her at constant odds with her family, all of whom want her to abandon her duties as a princess. Complete it. very serious

unlike 1989 little Mermaidwhich made little mention of Ariel’s mother, the new film uses her off-screen death at the hands of humans – a plot point from the 2008 direct-to-video The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning – as the basis for the fear of Triton and distrust of humans. The tragedy of Ariel’s past doesn’t dim her light in the present. but it’s a the little MermaidThe more notable update Due to Gravity adds that it combines Ariel and Triton’s ideological differences about humanity and the mercenaries’ decision to let them escape the way Ursula (Melissa McCarthy), the sea witch and Triton’s sister, did.

Watching the little Mermaid After watching the big budget features aquaman, Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverAnd Avatar: The Way of Water An interesting experience. As different as all of these aquatic movies are, each one has worked toward the common goal of creating believable underwater worlds inhabited by people who are meant to understand us as living, breathing, biological beings. Some of that realism involves dropping live actors into actual bodies of water (whether on set or otherwise). But whenever we’re discussing “live-action” remakes of Disney’s animated films and how “realistic” they are, what we’re really talking about is the degree that they’re capable of making The ones that feel and define the living. Reliable set of rules the audience can understand.

The effort put into Ariel’s hair is inconsistent with the way light behaves underwater

stripping white savior fantasy about it, little about water wayK’s Pandora would probably be read as grounded were it not for how much work (and time and money) went into how elements like light, water and air interact with each other and with things like characters Detailed information was given. Skin and hair in various contexts. It is when all the small but really very important components of a fantasy world are working in concert to support each other that things start to feel “real”, no matter how supernatural they actually are. .

the little MermaidThe creative team clearly understands this concept to a certain extent, as evidenced by Ariel’s underwater musical numbers, during which you can clearly see hours that are reminiscent of a 2D cartoon. Animate its bountiful red spheres with a playful grace. But the effort that went into animating Ariel’s hair is inconsistent with things like the way the light behaves underwater and the far-too-clean sound design, which makes Atlantica feel like a well-rounded soundtrack. does.

At several points throughout the film, Ariel is so filled with conflicting emotions that she has gone into a subtle but still very visible state of near-tears which further speaks to Bailey’s skill as an artist and but also breaks the fantasy of her being a mermaid. living at the bottom of the sea.

It’s really only under the sea in the first third of the movie before making her fateful pact with Ursula that you get the strongest sense of how Bailey as Ariel is a performance study. While she’s definitely a little faster, more active, and more willing to stand up for herself than 2D cartoon Ariel, her speaking voice has an edgy Disney Princess™ flair and magic to her singing voice that’s fitting who appreciates you. She is abandoning her journey to the surface in search of Prince Eric (JONNA HAUER-KING) after a fateful encounter.

Compared to the little MermaidThe underwater scenes of The Movie Time on Land work much, much better in that it doesn’t always make you wonder why things seem so bad. But Bailey and Hauer-King’s so-so chemistry makes Prince Eric and Ariel’s budding romance—with a magically mute Ariel—the crux of the little Mermaidthe story of- Harder to buy than it should be. hence little MermaidThe songs start out of nowhere, instead guiding the film through its acts, making it a bit difficult to buy the film as a proper musical, which will likely come as a disappointment to some theater-goers. .

Where? the little Mermaid The fall, ranking-wise, is a matter of personal taste compared to Disney’s other live-action remakes. But the film feels very reflective of Disney’s plan to keep these things with only the essence of the originals to appeal to the hardcore adult fans and children for whom such projects are intended. Canon.

the little Mermaid Noma Dumezweni, Art Malik, Daveed Diggs and Jessica Alexander also star. The film is in cinemas now.

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