Some Critics Find This New Movie ‘Charming, But Incredibly Spotty’

Today, we’re diving deep into the shimmering waters of Disney’s highly anticipated live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.” Are you ready to hear what the lucky attendees of the film’s Los Angeles premiere have to say? Well, grab your flippers because I’ve got the inside scoop!

First things first, let’s talk about the star-studded premiere. The red carpet was filled with A-list celebrities and industry insiders who couldn’t wait to witness this enchanting tale come to life. We’re talking about the likes of Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Matt Damon, and Ben Platt, just to name a few. Can you imagine being in the same room as these Hollywood heavyweights? Talk about a star-studded affair!

But enough about the glitz and glamour. Let’s get to the heart of the matter—the film itself. Disney unveiled exclusive footage at CinemaCon last month, leaving fans craving more. The early glimpse showcased the incredibly talented Melissa McCarthy as the iconic villain Ursula, belting out the hauntingly captivating tune “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” I can already feel the chills crawling up my scales!

Now, let’s talk music. The original 1989 film had a memorable soundtrack, and this live-action adaptation is no exception. With the combined musical genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, who composed the score for the original, we’re in for a treat. In addition to the beloved classics, we’ll be treated to four new original songs.

But what about our leading lady, Halle Bailey? The verdict is in, folks, and it’s a resounding applause for this talented young star. Reactions from the premiere praised Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel, describing her as nothing short of extraordinary.

However, not every reaction was filled with unbridled enthusiasm. Some critics found the film to be charming but with a few rough patches along the way. Variety’s own Courtney Howard described it as “charming, but incredibly spotty,” pinpointing certain aspects of the film and its cast. Variety contributor Simon Thompson added that while the movie didn’t quite capture the magic of the animated classic, it did offer enough fresh additions to keep audiences interested.

On the other fin, some critics felt that the remake was somewhat predictable and unnecessary. Gizmodo and io9 contributor voiced this sentiment, stating that the film was “exactly what you think it is.” However, they did mention that those who are eagerly awaiting the film will likely find enjoyment in it.




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