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Old 05-25-23, 10:32 AM
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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

Originally Posted by DJariya
Saw the advanced screening tonight. Got a double sided movie poster and a souvenir Dolby ticket.

It was delightful. Halle Bailey was incredible. Great voice and presence. She’s a star in the making. She also introduced the movie beforehand. I liked the “real” animations of Sebastian and Flounder. They IMO worked for this movie. Also, Melissa McCarthy was a solid live action version of Ursula. Did not notice the running time at all. It flew by. If you have kids, especially girls, I think this is absolutely worth taking them to. I really don’t have much else to add. It’s a solid movie.
Which screen format was it? I'm still trying to decide if I want large format or regular digital. Leaning towards IMAX.
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Obviously not. Everyone who has knows that mermaids are all Caucasian.
I still think it's hilarious that all of king Triton's daughters are different ethnicities. Real "House of the Dragon" vibes there.
Old 05-25-23, 11:12 AM
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Old 05-25-23, 11:26 AM
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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

Originally Posted by TomOpus
Which screen format was it? I'm still trying to decide if I want large format or regular digital. Leaning towards IMAX.
Dolby. I liked it in that format. Audio was great.
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Old 05-25-23, 11:48 AM
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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

Originally Posted by DJariya
Dolby. I liked it in that format. Audio was great.
Dolby Cinema I assume. Still lots of good tix avail for noon tomorrow. Sounds like a winner.
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Old 05-26-23, 08:59 AM
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Scuttle is no longer a seagull, the character is a Northern gannet in this version. Hence the brief underwater scenes.
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The poster for Scuttle has them underwater as well.
Old 05-28-23, 09:48 AM
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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

So is this considered a hit after the big weekend it had? It made nearly $50m on Friday alone.

I am never sure how we judge such things these days with massive budget and marketing costs.
Old 05-28-23, 09:59 AM
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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

Originally Posted by CristonCole
Scuttle is no longer a seagull, the character is a Northern gannet in this version. Hence the brief underwater scenes.
I think this response was meant for you:

Originally Posted by William Bibbiani
And yes, in regards to the first post, I know that some birds can dive underwater. I'm not talking about diving. I'm talking about breathing, which she's clearly seen doing. Unless birds have always been able to breathe saltwater and I missed that memo, it's still distracting.
Old 05-28-23, 11:29 AM
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So is this considered a hit after the big weekend it had? It made nearly $50m on Friday alone.

I am never sure how we judge such things these days with massive budget and marketing costs.
You can't really tell from opening weekend.

It's doing poorly overseas, which wasn't unexpected, the review bombing overseas is on par with what normally happens in the US but thankfully didn't this time.

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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

I saw it last night, my first in-theater movie since Death on the Nile and fourth total post-quarantine. I thought it was enjoyable—looked great, good cast. New songs were ok. Awkwafina rap seemed annoying on purpose (I thought it was also ok). For some of Disney’s live-action remakes like Lion King and Aladdin, I’ve kinda wondered what’s the point, but I would classify this as a viable alternative if people want the diversity or prefer it to animation. It did feel long, though. I didn’t know going in that it was 135 minutes, but I looked it up afterward and thought that sounded right. I’m conditioned to expect family films to last 90 minutes, and that’s probably when I started getting antsy,

Theater was about half-full on Saturday 7:30 p.m. of a holiday weekend.
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I hope this fails or the box office drops significantly next week so Disney will stop remaking their animated classics into live action movies.
Old 05-28-23, 09:36 PM
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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
I hope this fails or the box office drops significantly next week so Disney will stop remaking their animated classics into live action movies.
Why? You simply don’t have to watch it. Is it hurting you for existing?

There’s thousands of other movies you can watch instead.

I don’t understand this mentality when some root for movies to fail.
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Old 05-28-23, 09:44 PM
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People ignore the good smaller independent movies so they can watch crap like this
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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
People ignore the good smaller independent movies so they can watch crap like this
You know there isn't a law that states you're only allowed to watch one movie and no others.
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Old 05-28-23, 10:01 PM
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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
People ignore the good smaller independent movies so they can watch crap like this
Watch what you like. Why do you need to concern yourself with what other people choose to watch? I liked this movie, yet I also watch other genres as well.

Yet, you’re still going to rent this in 3 to 4 months, because you seem to force yourself to see every notable new movie because of FOMO. And then come here and complain about it.
Old 05-28-23, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
You know there isn't a law that states you're only allowed to watch one movie and no others.
Too true. However, I believe his fear is if these remakes remain successful, studios will gravitate towards them and not give other types of films a shot. Then again, if other types of films draw less money it's likely they have a smaller viewership (unless they were a victim of poor marketing). And can you really fault studios for chasing the money?
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Old 05-28-23, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by DJariya
I don’t understand this mentality when some root for movies to fail.
While I wouldn't it phrase it that way, certainly all of us here are into movies and what movies make at the box office is going to determine what we get downstream. And as my communications course instructor once said, the box office represents the state of our current culture.(this was back when it was considered embarrassing when Bride of Chucky was the #1movie of the wknd) I'm personally done with these middling live action remakes, I think they're soulless cash grabs...so I do hope the 500m this movie makes gives Disney some pause going forward. (just as I hope their recent animation failures do as well)

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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

I feel like Disney isn’t going to ditch their family films in favor of small indies.
Old 05-29-23, 12:17 AM
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I feel like Disney isn’t going to ditch their family films in favor of small indies.
Agreed. But it'd be nice if they'd stop with the live action remakes and pump out more original material.
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Old 05-29-23, 01:05 AM
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Yes it is sad nobody complains when they keep remaking the old shit and less new original material.
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I wished About My Father won the box office this week
Old 05-29-23, 06:09 AM
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I wished About My Father won the box office this week
Ah so you're the one that actually liked it.

Don't fret, Disney has Elemental coming out soon and if reviews are to be believed it's also not too good.
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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

I saw this with my daughters (14 and 12) last night, and we all enjoyed it.
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Old 05-29-23, 08:35 AM
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Re: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - live action (2023, D: Marshall)

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Too true. However, I believe his fear is if these remakes remain successful, studios will gravitate towards them and not give other types of films a shot. Then again, if other types of films draw less money it's likely they have a smaller viewership (unless they were a victim of poor marketing). And can you really fault studios for chasing the money?
It's too late... happened decades ago.

Disney makes money with these animation to live action remakes so they'll continue to churn them out. I've seen several and, while most of what I've seen are, IMHO, pretty bad, there *are* a few that were done quite well and that I enjoyed as much as, if not more than, the animated version.

As you said, the studios are going to chase the money and I don't blame them at all. They don't produce many things I want to see but there's such a huge catalog of quality movies that I can always find something new-to-me that I'll likely enjoy more than the latest remake/superhero/summer blockbuster movie.

I've not seen this one and am unlikely to see it as I'm not a fan of the animated version (I don't even own a copy for the grandkids to watch and don't know if they even like it). I'm also not the target audience. Yet... it'll make money and Disney will make more of these live action adaptations. I'm OK with that.
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