REVIEW: The Little Mermaid (2023) Starring Halle Bailey

In the latest attempt to upset people, Disney have released their woke remake of The little Mermaid, a live action remake that no one asked for, and no one really wanted. Will it go the way of all of the other woke remakes that come out to great fanfare, everyone hates, and they get quickly forgotten about or will this one change the fortunes of Disney and prove that you can make films that are woke as well as good? Read on to find out.

Ariel (Halle Bailey), the youngest daughter of King Triton (Javier Bardem), is a mermaid princess residing in Atlantica, the underwater realm ruled by her father. Despite being forbidden from exploring the human world after her mother's tragic demise at the hands of a human, Ariel's fascination with the surface dweller's realm only grows. She finds solace in collecting human artifacts, aided by her loyal companions, Flounder (Jacob Tremblay) a sergeant major fish, and Scuttle (Awkwafina) a Northern gannet seabird.

One day, Ariel fails to attend the important Coral Moon gathering with her sisters, resulting in a reprimand from Triton. Feeling disheartened, she gazes upon the night sky and witnesses a mesmerizing display of fireworks above the ocean's surface. Intrigued, she decides to venture upward for a closer look. As she emerges, a mighty storm strikes, causing a nearby ship, helmed by Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King), to crash against treacherous rocks. With swift action, Ariel saves Eric from a watery fate and brings him ashore. Utilizing her enchanting siren voice, she sings to him, aiding in his recovery. However, she quickly retreats before he regains full consciousness. Once Eric is back on his feet, his adoptive mother, Queen Selina (Noma Dumezweni), strictly forbids him from embarking on further sea voyages.

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