The Little Mermaid Live-Action Remake Premieres to Mixed Reviews

The live-action remake of Disney's classic animated film The Little Mermaid premiered on May 26, 2023, to mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike.

The film, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Halle Bailey as Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, has been praised for its stunning visuals, catchy musical numbers, and Bailey's performance as Ariel. However, some critics have criticized the film's lack of originality, its pacing, and its changes to the original story.

Despite the mixed reviews, The Little Mermaid has been a commercial success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide. It is currently the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2023.

In a review for The New York Times, critic A.O. Scott wrote that the film is "a visually stunning and musically delightful adaptation of the classic Disney animated film." However, he also noted that the film is "not without its flaws," including its "lack of originality" and its "pacing."

In a review for The Hollywood Reporter, critic Todd McCarthy praised Bailey's performance as Ariel, writing that she is "a revelation" and that she "brings a fresh new voice to the role." However, he also criticized the film's lack of originality, writing that it is "a beat-for-beat remake of the original film" and that it "offers nothing new or surprising."

Overall, The Little Mermaid live-action remake is a mixed bag. It is a visually stunning and musically delightful film, but it is not without its flaws. Whether or not you enjoy the film will likely depend on how much you love the original animated film and how tolerant you are of unoriginality.