Watch: The Little Mermaid 2023 123movies, Full Movie Online – A young mermaid makes a deal with a sea witch to trade her beautiful voice for human legs so she can discover the world above water and impress a prince..
Plot: The youngest of King Triton’s daughters, and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. With mermaids forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land, but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy.
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“Ariel” (Halle Bailey) has longed for a chance to meet with humans but her sagely father “Triton” (Javier Bardem) has prohibited this. Undeterred, she witnesses a terrible storm that washes the young prince “Eric” (Jonah Hauer-King) overboard. She races to his rescue and leaves him to his people on the beach – both are already in love! On hearing of her latest transgression, dad is now truly furious and loses his temper driving his daughter into the manipulative tentacles of the evil sea witch “Ursula” (Melissa McCarthy) who offers her a bargain – three days on land to obtain true love’s kiss or a lifetime in her service. Snag? Well, she will not have her beautiful voice, she will be a mute. A combination of magic, duplicity and serendipity plays it’s hand now and she ends up close to the prince, having adventures with him and falling even deeper in love – but can she get her kiss? Will the wicked “Ursula” let her? First things first – this isn’t a patch on the 1989 version. It has a clunky, over-produced, musical theatre feel to it that consists of mediocre acting and some serious over-scoring. The delicacy and charm of the characterisations and songs has been subjected to grand orchestrations and whilst Bailey can certainly sing, the delivery is more about her ability to belt out the songs rather to than imbue them with any emotions relevant to the charm of the story. McCarthy is quite effective – if only she would stay still for five seconds and that leads to the other disappointment with this film. It works perfectly as an animation – why introduce elements of live-action to it? Neither the story nor the film benefit from the cluttering mix of CGI and real visuals. As with the recent remake of “The Lion King”, the song lyrics, for reasons that don’t seem clear to me, have been reworked – this time by the always over-rated Lin-Manuel Miranda whose “Scuttlebutt” song is just plain annoying. It wasn’t broke – why fix it? At times there is a little engaging chemistry between Bailey and Hauer-King, but for the most part this is an unnecessary, and overly long, rehash of a fairy tale that seems to me to have been made because it could be, not because it should have been. Disappointing.
Halle Bailey served a very good performance with a lot of charisma and passion, she also has an impressive voice. In some parts people were clapping from excitement and I shed a tear since I saw her performing her first song.
I’m not a big fan of the growing wave of remakes and live-actions but this movie is something that I couldn’t miss, they revisited one of my favorite classics and the result is striking, extravagant, funny, exciting, it has everything I love. I had my doubts since I saw the cast and the character designs (not to mention Ursula’s makeup) but these actors have a lot of charisma, the final result is solid and entertaining.
I love Alan Menken and Howard Ashman compositions, The Little Mermaid and Little Shop Of Horrors are my favorite works from them, their lyrics and arrangements give me goosebumps.
The long waiting was not worthwhile
One actress is not enough to save a movie even if she plays the main character. This happens all the time and this remake is proof of it. The weakest thing in this version, of course, is the CGI characters. I thought the worst thing ever seen in these remakes was the dog from 2019’s Lady and the Tramp, but this Flounder is outrageous. It’s the Jar Jar Binks of Disney’s remakes. And this Sebastian looks odd and graceless. Three years and Disney couldn’t do any better? Are you serious? In overall, the underwater scenes are not what I expected to see and, as some critic says, “recreated with Windows 10 screensaver graphics”.
Now let me explain what is the problem with Ursula. In an animated feature you can exaggerate the expressions any way you like but you can’t do that in live action. This is not Melissa McCarthy’s fault, of course, but I don’t lend ears to those who praise her performance with biased reasonings. And the changes in the final scene were simply the last straw but I won’t spoil anything here. Seriously, I couldn’t believe it when I watched it.
In summary, the movie doesn’t work because Halle Bailey is surrounded by things that don’t work. And that’s not Halle’s fault, it’s all Disney’s fault.
A Shallow Dive That Missed its Mark
This live action remake was a disappointing attempt to bring a beloved Disney classic to life. It falls flat in almost every aspect, leaving me feeling underwhelmed and disconnected, unlike the original.
Halle Bailey as Ariel was good and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula was passable but beside those two, all of the other characters felt virtually nonexistent with zero chemistry with one another.
Visually, the remake falls short in creating a believable underwater world. The CGI effects were uninspiring and more importantly, looked cheap.
What ‘The Little Mermaid’ suffered from the most was the god awful script. The pacing was uneven, scenes dragged on or failed to contribute to the overall narrative, and the characters felt shallow and lacked depth.
Overall, the 2023 remake was lackluster and forgettable. The uninspiring performances, poor visual effects, and terrible original songs left me disengaged and disappointed. Don’t let the positive reviews the film has been receiving gaslight you into thinking that these awful cash grab live-action remakes that Disney has been producing are okay. The truth is the film fails to capture the magic and charm that made the original film so beloved, which is on par with all the other Disney remakes.
Original Language en
Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Director Rob Marshall
Writer David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca
Actors Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy
Country United States
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