When I first heard that The Little Mermaid was a modern retelling of the famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, I had some doubts but it turned out to be a pleasant movie fit for family viewing.
The film is filled with an amazing cast of brilliant young actors and actresses. Firstly, there is the legendary Shirley MacLaine providing a supporting role and acting as the narrator of the story. William Moseley plays the male lead while Poppy Drayton and Loreto Peralta take on the female leads. The casting is ideal for the target audience and there is no disappointment there.
The movie is set in the 1950s with Cam (Moseley); a journalist, on a assignment to Louisiana with his niece Elle (Peralta) in the hopes of finding a miracle cure for her at a circus. There they meet Elizabeth (Drayton) who may or may not be a real life mermaid of the Mississippi.
Although the story is fictitious, there are aspects in the movie that everyone can relate to like being trapped or the yearning to be loved. However, it also manages to bring the audience back to an age of innocence, when our minds believed anything was possible.
Finally, without giving too much away, I can say that this movie is something for the whole family.