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The Little Mermaid: Halle Bailey is a star in the best Disney live action remake to date

Based on the 1989 classic Disney animated film, this latest live-action Disney remake is the best live-action remake in recent years. Rob Marshall’s direction is wildly imaginative and visually stunning. Despite cliff-noting, the original story keeps the audience engaged with its excellent musical composed by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Halle Bailey delivers a tremendous breakout performance as Ariel. Portraying Ariel as the mermaid and as the silent fish out of water human following her deal with Ursula, Bailey earns her place as one of the best new stars to come out of Hollywood and is here to stay. Melissa McCarthy is excellent as Ursula, the sea witch. McCarthy looks like she’s having the time of her life as she portrays Ursula as an over-the-top diva, similar to how she was first seen in 1989. The film contains a great supporting cast, which includes Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Noma Dumezweni as the Queen, and Javier Bardem as King Triton. The film only has two negatives, the first being some of the editing choices of when to cut certain scenes felt weird. The second negative was despite having special sound effects, the designs for both Flounder and Sebastian looked ugly to the point where it became distracting and checked you out of the movie for a bit. “The Little Mermaid,” while adding nothing new, manages to be the most enjoyable live-action Disney remake we have gotten in recent years that is sure to give kids and parents a good time at the movies, and that is thanks to Rob Marshall’s superb direction and fantastic lead performances by Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy. Bailey, in particular, is a superstar on the rise, and I can’t wait to see what she has coming up next.

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