The Little Mermaid is Disney’s most animated ‘live-action’ remake yet

Halle Bailey’s turn as The Little Mermaid’s Ariel is inspired, but the movie’s lackluster sense of visual magic does her very few favors.

Halle Bailey as Ariel. Image: Giles Keyte

More so than many of Disney’s other recent live-action remakes, director Rob Marshall’s The Little Mermaid expresses its love and reverence for the animated classic it’s updating through expansion rather than through wholesale reinvention. Even with all of its new ideas, this Little Mermaid hews so closely to the

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