Alexander Larman

Why The Little Mermaid is bad news for cinema

Its success will fuel the regrettable trend for Disney live-action remakes

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Halle Bailey in Disney's The Little Mermaid [Alamy]

It is disappointing to learn that, after critics and cynical audiences everywhere had sharpened their fish knives in the expectation of the new live-action Little Mermaid film being a catastrophic disaster, early reviews have suggested that it is… fine. It attracted a great deal of attention, and some criticism, for the casting of the black singer-actress Halle Bailey in the lead role of Ariel, on the grounds that sea-dwelling mermaids must, after all, be white-skinned redheads, as she was in the seminal 1989 animated film.

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