Fast-rising American singer Halle Bailey plays Ariel, a mermaid princess who defies her father by falling in love with a human prince.
Bent on following her heart's desires, Ariel makes a deal with the diabolical sea witch Ursula, who also hatches her devious scheme aimed at destroying everything the little mermaid holds dear.
Visually speaking, Rob Marshall's retelling of the classic animation is replete with awe and wonder.
Like James Cameron's Avatar, the aquatic life is brimming with numerous sea creatures and boasts colourful characters that leave you mesmerised.
When it comes to the story and the director's interpretation, The Little Mermaid doesn't do anything beyond the expected.
As the headstrong and naive protagonist, Halle Bailey is able to depict a character literally out of her element and the adventures she must undergo to win the love of her life.
While the lead star's efforts are commendable (especially her vocal ability), her acting doesn't quite show the range I envisioned. In this, she is not to blame as she worked with the script she was given.
The animal sidekicks aren't the scene stealers I thought they would be; Awkafina manages to trump the others every now and then but it felt like I'd already heard the jokes somewhere else.
As the sea King Triton, Javier Bardem looks imposing and has the required charisma but isn't given enough time to shine. The backstory with his late wife was barely mentioned and could have been shown on screen.
Jonah Hauer-King plays Prince Eric the way he is meant to. He doesn't do anything spectacular with the role and neither does he stumble in the portrayal.
Perhaps the most interesting character in the film is Melissa McCarthy's Ursula. I knew she would be fun to watch and I totally enjoyed how she ate up all her scenes.
The Little Mermaid doesn't break new ground among Disney's live-action retelling projects and it certainly is not the best of them despite what may be circulating online (to me, that title goes to The Jungle Book).
Conclusively, Halle Bailey's musical performances are worthy distractions from the fact that this is a good movie that many excited fans are calling great.
The Mouse House has done a good job but it has to do a whole lot more to justify the essence of live-action remakes.