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Film Review - The Little Mermaid (2023)


To many, 1989’s “The Little Mermaid” isn’t just an animated classic from Disney, but something of a religion, with many fans devoting their time to the celebration of Ariel, the sea creature who wanted something more from her life, including love. It’s the picture largely credited with helping the company pull out of a box office tailspin, commencing a run of hits throughout the 1990s that basically followed the formula set by the aquatic musical. And with such extreme popularity comes a live-action remake, with director Rob Marshall coming back to the Disney way after 2018’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” tasked with making the heart and cartoon antics of “The Little Mermaid” into something at least semi-real. And he manages to do just that with the reworking, which uses an extraordinary amount of digital tricks and the raw talent of star Halle Bailey to deliver a satisfying journey into mermaid yearning, sea witch scheming, and oceanic creature goofballery. Read the rest at


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