The Little Mermaid (live action reimagining)

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I think you assume the worst of me here.

I will tell you that the movie 9 to 5 grossed over 100mm in 1980 and was the #2 movie at the box office that year beating out Private Benjamin (#6) and Coal miners daughter (#7). Empire Strikes back was #1 that year and if I remember correctly...... all featured very powerful females. Many in the lead role. And don't get me started about what Star trek has done in the area of female empowerment for decades now only to have it crushed by the bumbling idiocy of what Picard became on that streaming service.

I think if you challenged yourself to look deeper into this, you would find that strong female leads can exist in any time period but it takes good writers and good directors making good products.

What we seem to have today is the shoehorning of bad writing, sketchy ideology and solid source material. She-Hulk was an unmitigated disaster, so was the Rings of Power. Both took the source material and warped (rewrote it or reframed it) it to fit the preferred world view of the company making it. I mean..... write the source material? Is that so hard? that stuff works!

How do I know this? Disney told us they were doing it a few years back. And their agenda is not subtle, and so far, not what the paying customers want to see.
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For the "balanced" reviews that I've read, the pushback on this isn't about any of the social aspects

It's the cynicysm around a formulaic cash grab

That more effort was put in than the streaming releases and more is expected

However, the pure replication of some aspects and hit or miss nature of the new elements isn't going to universally connect - some will get caught up in nostalgia and some will roll their eyes at a corny new song

The feeling is that this is in line with Beauty and the Beast with an expected return in that area - which would be a success when you consider the real goal is to simply make money

I'm in a camp where the live action remake has lost its spark a bit and probably won't see this unless my family really wants to - i didn't watch BATB either and am struggling to recall the last one of these remakes i did go see
 

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For the "balanced" reviews that I've read, the pushback on this isn't about any of the social aspects

It's the cynicysm around a formulaic cash grab

That more effort was put in than the streaming releases and more is expected

However, the pure replication of some aspects and hit or miss nature of the new elements isn't going to universally connect - some will get caught up in nostalgia and some will roll their eyes at a corny new song

The feeling is that this is in line with Beauty and the Beast with an expected return in that area - which would be a success when you consider the real goal is to simply make money

I'm in a camp where the live action remake has lost its spark a bit and probably won't see this unless my family really wants to - i didn't watch BATB either and am struggling to recall the last one of these remakes i did go see
All of these have really been cynical cash grabs, retelling incredible stories… only worse and usually with added songs that stink.

The only one of these that I really enjoyed was Cruella and that’s probably because it wasn’t a straight remake of Dalmatians but an origin story that had its own spark and great sense of style. They’re gonna keep remaking the big brands… they all make bukoo dinero, but for my money and entertainment, I’d much rather they went the Cruella route than the straight remake.
 
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The Little Mermaid (2023)

Release date: May 26, 2023
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Rob Marshall
MPAA Rating: PG for action/peril and some scary images
Screenwriter: David Magee
Genre: Action | Family |Fantasy

Starring: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Noma Dumezweni, Art Malik, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina

Plot Summary: A young mermaid makes a deal with a sea witch to trade her beautiful voice for human legs so she can discover the world above water and impress a prince.

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Pretty straightforward. He was responding to what he bolded in your post.
Missed that. So he is saying that the Rings of Power and She-Hulk weren't unmitigated disasters?

Wow..... That's an odd take IMO. Both were and are atrocious to anyone who knows the lore of both universes.
 

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In the future you all need to stick to the actual movie and leave your never ending grievances to P&R
 

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