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The Little Mermaid, Disney Fixes the Storyline - No Spoilers

A Fresh Take on The Little Mermaid: Disney's Live-Action Adaptation

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The animated Disney version of The Little Mermaid, released in 1989, holds a special place in many hearts as a childhood classic that rejuvenated Disney's animated storytelling catalog. However, over the past three decades, the film has faced criticism for its portrayal of a woman relinquishing her voice, identity, and family for the sake of pursuing a romantic relationship with a prince. In Disney's newly released a live-action version of The Little Mermaid these issues are nicely addressed without undoing the original authenticity of the storyline. No Spoilers.

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The New Perspective:

Taking a critical look at the story's flaws and implications, renowned author Malcolm Gladwell explores The Little Mermaid in a captivating three-part series on his podcast, Revisionist History. Gladwell's podcast series added many new layers of depth to the ongoing conversation surrounding The Little Mermaid. At one point draws parallels between the film's themes the real-life experience of Meghan Markle, who spoke about losing her voice in her marriage to a prince during her infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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Casting Brilliance:

The live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid features an exceptional cast that brings the beloved characters to life in a remarkable way. Halle Bailey's portrayal of Ariel is captivating, capturing the audience's attention and delivering an outstanding performance on the big screen. Her singing abilities are awe-inspiring. Jonah Hauer-King's portrayal of the prince is equally charming, as he effortlessly embodies the character's charm and showcases his own impressive vocal abilities.

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Incredible Supporting Cast:

The film also shines with its supporting cast, including Melissa McCarthy as the evil Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, and Noma Dumezweni as The Queen. Fan favorites Daveed Diggs as Sebastian (voice) and Awkwafina as Scuttle (voice) bring their unique personalities and talents to the characters, adding depth and humor to the film.

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Disney Little Mermaid Halle Bailey

Talented Creators Behind the Scenes:

Under the direction of Rob Marshall, known for his work in films like Mary Poppins Returns and Into the Woods, the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid maintains a visually stunning aesthetic.

Disney Little Mermaid Halle Bailey

David Magee, the writer of various notable works, including Mary Poppins Returns and Life of Pi, successfully captures the essence of the original story while addressing some of its long-standing concerns.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's involvement as a producer and his contributions to re-writing some of the songs further elevates the film's quality.

Lengthy but Captivating:

Run time is 2 hours and 15 minutes (135 minutes), The Little Mermaid does have a lull in the middle. However, the overall story remains engaging, and the film's stunning visuals, vibrant animation, and Disney's signature color palette create a visually appealing experience. It is highly likely that this live-action adaptation will join the ranks of Disney's timeless classics.

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Disney Little Mermaid Credits

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The live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid presents a fresh perspective on a beloved story that has faced scrutiny over the years. With an outstanding cast, talented creators, and thoughtfully addressed concerns, this film offers a captivating and visually stunning experience. While it may have a few pacing issues, its ability to capture the essence of the original story while providing a more nuanced narrative ensures its place among Disney's prestigious catalog of classics.

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