The youngest of King Triton's daughters, Ariel is a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. Longing to find out more about the world beyond the sea, Ariel visits the surface and falls for the dashing Prince Eric. Following her heart, she makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to experience life on land...
The Little Mermaid review: Disney’s most soulless, pointless live-action remake yet
The Little Mermaid review: Dull and unimaginative, there is no reason why this latest live-action remake, about a stupid mermaid, should be watched.
For whatever it’s worth, I really did try. I tried not to be that guy. I tried not to be the stuck-up killjoy Anton Ego-style curmudgeon critic who trashes a harmless kids' movie for not being substantial or distinctive enough. I tried to keep an open mind and look for the fun and promise and give credit where it may be due in the latest derivative live-action remake of a Disney animated classic. I tried to fight the impulse to be jaded when we’re introduced to the dullest underwater world we’ve ever come across (forget Finding Nemo, this film makes Aquaman look like a feast of imagination). I tried to fight my inner cynic through the punchable, doorknob characters, the remarkable aversion to colour, and even the weird “cute” VFX fish characters who look somewhere between creepy and oddly edible. But, alas, I was unsuccessful. The Little Mermaid isn't just the latest empty Disney remake, it’s a soulless slog.