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The Critics Acclaim “The Little Mermaid”

Released on May 9, the live-action adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" received critical acclaim among the public and movie critics. 


After years of filming, "The Little Mermaid," starring Halle Bailey as Ariel, has finally made it to movie theaters, and the overwhelming majority of the public and critics already love it.



An Acclaim for Halle Bailey 

"The Little Mermaid makes it pretty close to being the best live-action Disney movie," says Felicia Wade, a critic from DiscussingFilm. "The Little Mermaid is truly an epic watch. You will laugh, cry, and sing along," said singer Kelendria Rowland on her Twitter account. Along with the visuals, songs, and acting, what was praised in cinema reviews was the performance of Halle Bailey. "Halle Bailey is Ariel, and I had literal chills throughout her performance," said Felicia Wade on her Twitter account.

Although some critics commented on the low luminosity of the movie, most reviews regarding the visuals were positive, especially Halle's performance, which was acclaimed for carrying the movie on her shoulders.

However, some critics had issues with the depiction of the villain Ursula, Poseidon's sister. "It struggles in the villain department," says Felicia Wade. Kirsten Acuna, a correspondent for Insider's Entertainment, was disappointed with the movie itself; "The Little Mermaid is filled with a few great performances from Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy, but it's mostly a paint-by-numbers remake that isn't as good as the animated masterpiece."




A Huge Event For Representation



"Cinema has the power to shape our perceptions of ourselves and others. It is important that the industry reflects the diversity of the world we live in," said filmmaker Ava DuVernay in a 2018 interview with the British newspaper The Independent.

The announcement that Halle Bailey would play Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" shook social media for years, from the announcement to its release. Several people claimed its illegitimacy as it is a Western fairytale, while others don't see the problem as Ariel is a fictional character. "It's time for Hollywood to embrace diversity and start casting actors based on their talent, not their skin color. A black Ariel would be a great step forward," said Rebecca Theodore-Vachon, a movie critic.

The movie was celebrated by black folks. Several black and brown girls walked the red carpet of the movie premiere with pride and joy, including the daughters of rapper Offset.


Edited by Adedamola Aregbesola

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