Fans Mostly Want to Be Part of Live-Action Remake’s World

On Monday, Disney held the gala premiere in Los Angeles for its live-action remake of the animated classic “The Little Mermaid.” So you know what that means: The first online reactions are in.

How did the public react to the film, which stars Halle Bailey, Javier Bardem alongside Jonah Hauer King and Javier Diggs? Also, Jacob Tremblay is in the lead role, along with Awkwafina. Melissa McCarthy also appears. They thought it would be under the ocean? Do they want to become a part of the world it inhabits?

Most people who watched it loved it. As always, take this with a grain of salt, as premieres are meant to create a positive atmosphere for attendees. That aside, the film is being praised as “close to being the best live action Disney movie,” “an absolute joy to watch,” and similarly enthused sentiments. Bailey was praised by almost everyone.

It did appear that there were bubbles, um, of discontent swimming around. For instance, film critic Courtney Howard called it “Charming, but incredibly spotty,” though she says the cast “put their heart & souls” into it.

Meanwhile Gillian Blum of The Direct says it’s “the best Disney live-action adaptation to date,” adding that “Halle Bailey IS Ariel.”

Writer Jamie Jirak calls the film “a pleasant surprise,” and celebrates Bailey’s singing as “unreal.”

But Kirsten Acuna of Insider, who praises the cast, says “The Little Mermaid” is “a mostly paint-by-numbers remake that’s isn’t as good as the animated masterpiece.”

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We will all be able to see it for ourselves in due time. Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” hits theaters May 26.

More reactions are below.

“The Little Mermaid” is directed by Rob Marshall and features songs from original composer Alan Menken, along with the original songs by Menken and late songwriter Howard Ashman, plus new songs by Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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