Halle Bailey, Jonah Hawer King, Davy Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Momma Dumezweni, Art Malik, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy.
David Magee (based on the film of the same name by Ron Clements and John Husker, original story by Hans Christian Andersen)
Mark Platt, Lin Manuel Miranda, John De Luca and Rob Marshall
26 May 2023
Disney’s tradition of turning its classic animated films into live-action films with new technology began some two decades ago. Many of them have also created excellent records of earnings at the box office. The earnings of ‘Frozen 2’ and before that ‘The Lion King’ have been so high that they kept the account of all the live action films made in front of them only in profit. A live action film refers to a film in which the actors’ characters are presented on screen in a different character with the addition of a layer of special effects. The focus here is on a mermaid. This story of Ariel, the daughter of the sea king, is centuries old. It was first published in 1837. Then it was mentioned in TV serials. Russ made the first film based on the story in 1976 and was followed by a Walt Disney Studio adaptation of the story and the animation film The Little Mermaid released in 1989.
Water, water, your color is like this…
If you go to watch the movie ‘The Little Mermaid’ just for entertainment, then the movie is good. The special effects of the film are amazing. Dion Beebe’s cinematography is the life of the film. Especially in scenes shot underwater where there are live action scenes with animated creatures, the composition of every frame impresses. What about Alan Menken’s music, though this time he also had to compose some new songs for Lin-Manuel Miranda. The climax of the film could definitely have been better and Rani should have avoided overtly pointing fingers at the work done by the rest of the characters in the film while conveying the message against apartheid. But, despite its flaws, The Little Mermaid is a giant leap forward in Disney’s filmography for children’s entertainment. Halle Bailey impresses in her first leading role in a film and this is an exciting and entertaining film for kids and their parents this summer vacation.