The Little Mermaid 2023 Review

A Splash of Magic and Music

Mason Moeller

5/29/20231 min read

Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is a charming and colorful movie that stays true to the original story and songs, while also adding some new twists and depth. Halle Bailey is a star as Ariel, the curious and rebellious mermaid who longs to be part of the human world. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, played by Melissa McCarthy, to trade her voice for legs and a chance to win the heart of Prince Eric, played by Jonah Hauer-King.

The movie features stunning visuals, catchy musical numbers, and a more diverse and inclusive cast. The underwater scenes are breathtaking and realistic, and the costumes and sets are vibrant and detailed. The CGI effects are impressive, especially for the talking sea creatures like Sebastian, Flounder, and Scuttle. The musical numbers are lively and fun, with Bailey’s voice shining in every song. The movie also features four new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also co-produces the movie with Rob Marshall, who directs.

The movie also explores some of the darker aspects of the story, such as Ursula’s backstory and motives, Ariel’s rebelliousness and consequences, and Eric’s adventurous spirit and dreams. The movie gives more agency and personality to both Ariel and Eric, making their romance more believable and meaningful. The movie also addresses some of the issues of diversity and representation, with a more inclusive cast and a message of acceptance and harmony.

The Little Mermaid 2023 is a delightful and enchanting movie that will appeal to both fans of the original and new generations of viewers. It is a faithful remake that also adds some freshness and depth to the classic tale. It is a movie that celebrates love, curiosity, courage, and freedom.