In recent years, Walt Disney Studios have started readapting their most iconic stories into live-action versions. Cinderella, Maleficent, and Cruella to name a few. These movies have done exceptionally well and were quite well received causing older fans to relive their childhoods and younger fans to experience something completely new. The same however cannot be said about the new adaptation of The Little Mermaid by the same name starring Halle Bailey.
The movie has received quite harsh criticism for pretty much everything that they do. With every interview or appearance the actors make, they seem to be angering more and more people. The basis of this seems to be the number of changes made to the original story. Many are unhappy with the choices made to change the race of Ariel, the little mermaid. She was originally white, but for the live-action, she was made black.
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Did The Little Mermaid Do Well in Front of the Critics?
With all of these obstacles in mind, many are not happy with how well The Little Mermaid did with the critics. Currently, the movie has received a score of 70% on Rotten Tomatoes. This makes the movie the one with the highest score in six years. The review is currently swaying more towards the positive rather than the negative but this may change in the coming days. It is very likely that the project to become a victim of review bombing.
Review bombing is when a group of upset viewers comes together with the sole goal of distorting the perception of a movie in the public. In other words, regardless of the quality of the actual film, the review bombs are meant to give it a low score.
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How do the fans feel about The Little Mermaid Getting the Best Critical Acclaim Since Beauty and the Beast?
After this news hit Twitter, people quickly started to voice their opinions on the platform. Many talked about the movies that The Little Mermaid won against, like Mulan, The Lion King, and Dumbo, which were not that good to begin with so it was an easy win. Some went on to say that movie does not look good and would rather not watch it.
But Lion King, Lady & the Tramp, Dumbo, & Mulan aren’t exactly tough competition
Cruella was solid though & personally I enjoyed Aladdin
But most of them are straight up disney + releases as well, not even getting theater runs
— Washed Gamer (@MitchellRossman) May 22, 2023
I hope this movie is amazing BUT….
None of the live action Disney movies have been much better than just good. So this tweet isn’t saying much.
— Kendall (@herleorr) May 22, 2023
I speak for everyone when I say we won't be watching, and we ain't Cappin
— Marina Cherry 🍒 (@Marina_cherryy) May 22, 2023
Probs cuz it’s gonna be the best live action Disney
— James Colley (@jamesco2132) May 22, 2023
That's not a very high bar
— 𝚂𝚘𝚌𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚎𝚓🗿 (@TheSocrateej) May 22, 2023
Some fans were incredibly supportive, stating that they are excited to see what the movie has in store for them and all in all thrilled to see that changes made. Some even went on to say that it will probably be the best live-action movie Disney has made.
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