When it comes to the live-action adaptation of their classic stories, Disney releases have been a mixed baggage over the years with some releases better than others. However, in The Little Mermaid’s case, which comprises Halle Bailey at its forefront, even months before its release, the movie surrounded itself with extreme hate from trolls, especially due to the race-swapping factor.
But despite the unreal amount of hate that surrounded the movie even before its release, fans of the actress have now come forward to call out these trolls, as The Little Mermaid opens to rave reviews.
Halle Bailey’s The Little Mermaid opens with a near-perfect audience score
After debuting with mixed reviews from critics, with many praising Halle Bailey‘s performance as Ariel in the live-action adaptation, the audience score for the movie has left fans enthralled. Unlike its 67% tomato score with over 230+ reviews, the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes opened with a mind-popping 95% from 1000+ verified ratings. This nearly perfect score not long after its release makes The Little Mermaid the highest Disney Live-Action adaptation of a Disney Princess Story since 2019’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
One of the main factors that fans and critics commended the movie for is Halle Bailey’s performance in the lead. Despite receiving extreme hate after being cast in the iconic role, the actress has succeeded in shutting down her doubters. And her fans haven’t backed away from showcasing their love for the actress, as they call out the Twitter trolls, who questioned her choice in the beginning.
Halle Bailey fans blast trolls as the actress delivered an exceptional performance as Ariel
The concept of race-swapping isn’t something new in Hollywood, as studios are moving towards actors who are more suited to the role acting-wise. And their decision to cast Halle Bailey seems to be a big success, as the actress embodied the essence of the iconic character and delivered an exceptional performance in the role.
Following the rave reviews and high ratings, fans of the actress have now blasted the trolls on Twitter, who initially criticized her casting in the role even before its release.
love to see racism lose https://t.co/XWqIyRH8oa
— ً (@HailEternal) May 26, 2023
LMAO racists right now: pic.twitter.com/CzbPnHXNOO
— ִֶָ (@bluptwt) May 26, 2023
As it should! pic.twitter.com/NNYvbf2mqP
— #1 Awkwafina Defender (@Soaked_Knave) May 26, 2023
Racists are crying that they can’t review bomb this movie.
— Cartoon Fan (@FansCartoons) May 26, 2023
Damn now look who got the last laugh 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/ZYfiFJQTCU
— Joseph Petty🇺🇸 (@JosephItchybal) May 26, 2023
It was amazing and Hailey was phenomenal!! ❤️
— Filip Scherhaufer (@FScherhaufer) May 26, 2023
But despite the rave reviews regarding Bailey’s performance as Ariel, the movie hasn’t been immune to legit criticisms, as some have complained about the pacing of the film being a little too slow. However, considering that Disney’s track record in term of live-action adaptations haven’t been the greatest in recent times, The Little Mermaid definitely seems like a step in the right direction.
The Little Mermaid is currently running in theatres.