The Little Mermaid Cast Reflects on Changes to Film’s Ending
The live-action adaptation of The Little Mermain has arrived in theaters, blending elements of the animated classic with fresh narrative twists. Spoiler alert for The Little Mermaid! Proceed with caution! One notable change in the film is the ending, where King Triton (Javier Bardem) openly acknowledges Ariel’s (Halle Bailey) desire to be seen and heard by her family as a driving force behind her earthly adventure. In a recent interview with Deadline, Bailey and Bardem discussed the modified ending and its potential impact on viewers.
Bailey expressed her appreciation for the ending, noting how it showcases Ariel’s growth and resilience throughout the story. She observed Ariel’s transformation from a shy and frustrated character, whose desires and aspirations go unheard, to someone who courageously breaks through barriers and fights for love, friendship, and family. Bailey found these moments, including the ending, to be personally impactful, highlighting Ariel’s journey of self-discovery.
Bardem, reflecting on his role as a parent, shared his perspective on the ending. He acknowledged the instinct to shield and protect children from suffering but recognized that life encompasses both joy and pain. Bardem emphasized the importance of allowing children to embark on their own journeys, even if it is challenging for parents. He understood Triton’s realization that navigating the complexities of life involves balancing parental care with granting children the freedom to explore and learn.
The Little Mermaid remake follows Ariel, the youngest daughter of King Triton, who becomes enamored with the human world despite the mermaid society’s prohibition. After saving Prince Eric and falling in love with him, Ariel is determined to join him in the human realm. However, her actions strain her relationship with her father and expose her to the manipulations of the conniving sea witch Ursula. Ariel makes a deal with Ursula to trade her voice for a pair of human legs, endangering her own life and Triton’s kingdom.
Directed by Rob Marshall, The Little Mermaid features a screenplay by David Magee and Jane Goldman. The star-studded cast includes Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Jonah Hauer-King, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy. The film includes beloved songs from the original 1989 animated movie, along with new compositions by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame.
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