When Disney Plus became available early this morning hours before sunrise I didn’t waste time going onto the streaming service and browsing its wares. The first thing I could’ve watched was The Mandalorian, obviously, but considering that my family and I wanted to all watch it together I decided to watch something else I’ve been waiting to see and that was The Little Mermaid.
My mother’s been telling me about this movie for a little while now so when I finally got the chance to see it I jumped to the opportunity. I was delighted and underwhelmed at the same time.
It surprised me by subverting my expectations. I thought I knew a great portion of the story when in fact I didn’t know anything. It, however, was a bit underwhelming storywise.
I get it, love is powerful, and it makes people do incredible and sometimes foolish things, but this story is so heavy on Ariel’s quest to find love with the dashing Prince Eric that I was kind of annoyed, to be honest.
With powerful heroines like Princess Leia, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, and Rey, etc. Ariel is very, very damsel-in-distress-like.
There’s even a scene where her father, upon finding her secret hoard of human treasures, begins to destroy all of her things and she instantly cowers behind the statue of Eric throughout her father’s tantrum as if he’s going to rescue her or something.
It’s little things like that I found a bit distasteful during my viewing of the movie.
However, on a brighter note, I LOVED Sebastian and Ursula.
They stole the show, helping liven up what would’ve been a somewhat bleak experience.
One thing’s for certain though, The Little Mermaid has some amazing songs. Songs that I had forgotten but remembered with such fondness due to hearing them time after time in my ears as a child.
All in all, while watching the film made me very enthused about the live-action adaptation Disney is making in a couple of years I will definitely never be watching this again. (Oh, and unlike my most Disney movies, this one didn’t make me cry.)
I’ll give it a simple 87 out of 100 and 4/5 stars.
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