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The Little Mermaid (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: The Little Mermaid
Year: 2018
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Directed By: Blake Harris, Chris Bouchard
Starring: William Moseley, Poppy Drayton, Loreto Peralta
About: A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4LfNLtVQqE

My Review:
Noticing that Netflix has made an adaptation of The Little Mermaid and it looking different movies that I had seen based on the classic fairy tale I couldn't resist but to give this a watch.

I really liked that the movie opened with the story of The Little Mermaid in which everyone already knows which did show that this movie was not going to be the tradition version of the film. I thought by having the child from the very beginning ill and her uncle going to any length to try and get her help even if it meant trying medicine he didn't believe in showed how much he cared for his niece and that he would try anything. Something I did like about this was that there was a reason in which the mermaid was trapped and in a tank going around with the circus and that was even though she could talk her soul was given to the wizard in which she swapped for the opportunity to be able to walk and see the man in which she loved, by having it so that she could no longer escape due to it I thought having the uncle start to love her was really sweet and his belief starting to show throughout the movie one that was important for children and adults. By showing the belief of Cam coming back it showed that no matter how much you change and how much adulthood tells you to be one way you should always trust yourself even if that's not what everyone else expects. I did feel however that the plot of the movie was really sweet and by having the mermaid actually helping to save the girl at the ending of the movie really brought the film together.

As much as I did like these parts of the movie there was faults with it as well. One of these faults was the acting of the evil character of the wizard in which wasn't really scary or really well acted out which was a rather disappointing feature of the movie. This film also didn't really look into the character's that much making them not really people in which the audience was able to be captivated by such as the gypsy woman who was able to freeze time and do some other magic which she never used until the ending of the movie which didn't make any sense to myself. Not only this but the watcher isn't able to find out why the wizard has her under his command either as well as the wolf man which also seems to be at the carnival. By leaving so many questions it really did make this film not as much of a success that I was looking for.

Overall, it is a really sweet movie which is based loosely on the story of The Little Mermaid however could have been made better. I would recommend this movie to families and children who are looking for a nice relaxing movie to watch together and one that is about mermaids however not the same tale in which they have seen before. Personally, I don't feel that I would watch this again and that is due to the amount of questions left at the end of the movie.

My Rating: 4/5 

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