“The Little Mermaid,” starring Halle Bailey, is making headlines with its new movie adaptation set to hit theaters on May 25. However, expert reviews from specialized media and international portals suggest that the film receives better reviews than those seen in previews, especially regarding the acting and charisma of the protagonist who plays Ariel.
Criticism of ‘The Little Mermaid’ starring Hal Bailey The two sides have been divided since the choice of Ariel to play the new Ariel sparked a controversy on social networks ahead of the premiere, sparking a string of racist comments.
At the time, hundreds of users objected because the interpreter/singer who was white and had reddish hair in the anime version was African-American.
What is The Little Mermaid about and when does it premiere in 2023?
in the new “”Disney’s The Little Mermaid (live-action version) Ariel wishes to discover the world beyond the deep sea where she falls in love with Prince Eric, played by British actor Jonah Andre Hauer-King (Little Women, My Footstep Home).
Furthermore, as in the original, she will play against the evil witch Ursula, played by actress Melissa McCarthy (“Ready at War”). The cast includes Jude Akwidike, Norma Dumezweni, Kaisa Mohamar, Lorena Andrea, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina and Emily Coates.
The Little Mermaid hits theaters in nearly every theater around the world this Thursday, May 25th. .
What do critics say about the live-action version of The Little Mermaid?
Renowned portal Rotten Tomatoes rated the film 70% after various media outlets had the chance to preview the live-action film. Meanwhile, on-site metacriticThe score is 59 out of 100.
Variety’s Peter Debruge explained: criticism “Despite everything, Hal Bailey’s face steals all attention compared to her elaborate surroundings (…) That’s not a prerequisite for these remakes, but Ariel’s more naturalistic It’s a nice contrast to the typical animal companions.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Rovia Galkier said, “Bailey did not disappoint in his role as Ariel. His performance adds virtue to the film that ultimately serves. (…) His charisma radiates from the screen.” However, it takes some work to reconcile the strength of Bailey’s acting with the rest of the film.”
“If these films are to serve a purpose other than making nostalgia-fueled money, it must be to make all children, not just white people, think of themselves as inhabitants of a magical kingdom. ‘ writes Ellen E. Jones of The Guardian. .
Brian Truitt on behalf of USA TODAY thinks: ‘Little Mermaid’ , a different animal than the original, is a family movie of just 83 minutes. Not everything is perfect, but Halle Bailey does a great job of animating this mermaid as a naive young underwater woman who dreams of exploring the surface. ”
“‘Little Mermaid’ Its glowing reviews are justified. According to The Telegraph’s Alex Diggins, after years of adrift, Disney seems to be finally on solid footing.
IndieWire’s Kate Erbland also speculated that “there are some things that even lovingly hand-drawn animation can’t match, and Bailey’s ability to evoke emotion is one of them.”
Watch the trailer for The Little Mermaid 2023 live action here.