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‘The Little Mermaid’ review: Halle Bailey shines in Disney’s long-awaited remake with Javier Bardem

Rob Marshall’s secret weapon is undoubtedly Halle Bailey, who oozes charisma in and out of the water, singing ‘Part of Your World’ with the power to stop time.

    Recreating the magic of Disney’s animated classics is no easy task, as many of the disappointing live-action remakes released in recent years have shown. ‘The little Mermaid’, fairly faithful adaptation of the 1989 filmshares some flaws with those new versions —visual effects that cannot compete with the possibilities of animation, additions that do not contribute, a design of magical beings that is too hyper-realistic for its own good— and, however, it works better than most of them.

    Rob Marshall’s secret weapon is without a doubt Halle Bailey, who exudes charisma in and out of the water, and sings part of your world with the power to stop time. The actress keeps the film afloat, which hits the mark by fleshing out the romance and delivering some visuals so beautiful that they invite you to overlook their obvious problems. Yes, the third act of her falters from her and Melissa McCarthy could have been a more unleashed Ursula, but ‘The Little Mermaid’ holds her own and finds flashes of magic.

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    To park the nostalgia and welcome a renewed Disney princess

    The best: the incredible voice and the irresistible charm of Halle Bailey.

    The worst: the design of Sebastian, Scuttle and company, anything but fanciful.

    Data sheet

    Address: Rob Marshall Distribution: Halle Bailey, Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, Jonah Hauer-King, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Lorena Andrea, Sienna King, Kajsa Mohammar, Simone Ashley Country: USA Year: 2023 Release date: 26–10-2023 Gender: Fantastic. Musical Script: Jane Goldman, David Magee, Ron Clements, John Musker (Short story: Hans Christian Andersen) Duration: 135 min.

    Synopsis: Set in the 1830s in and around the waters of a fictional Caribbean island, Ariel is a brave 18-year-old mermaid with a beautiful voice and an enormous thirst for adventure. She is the youngest daughter of King Triton, who rules the oceans from his underwater kingdom and is the most rebellious of his Seven Seas daughters. Frustrated by the limits placed on her, Ariel is fascinated by the world below. The problem is that it is a world inhabited by human beings and Triton has forbidden all of his subjects to associate with them.

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    Source: Fotogramas

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