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There is comparisons going on with Aladdin and the Little Mermaid. Unfortunately they can’t be compared when one movie had a global movie star in its silo. Aladdin (at the time) wouldn’t have made it to a billion without Will Smith in it.
The movie space is just too crowed for movies to make money like they used too. June is going to be a clusterfuck.
 
I kinda get what you both mean but Melissa’s biggest movie, Bridesmaids, made $306 million.

From doing a little digging Will Smith has 9 movies which made more than that, Independence Day being the second highest at $817 million.

I do think Melissa is a selling point to this movie but her appeal is more niche, she’s predominantly a comedy actress not a blockbuster name. Not saying this at all to belittle Melissa’s career - I would much rather watch Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy over Will’s work!
 
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I adore Melissa and can't stand Will, but they're not comparable in terms of pure star power. Will is a global movie star.

Melissa's career has been hampered by her fucking awful collaborations with her husband and some huge box office bombs.

But Spy is more enjoyable than anything Will Smith has ever done. So there's that. Swings and roundabouts.
 
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Melissa's career has been hampered by her fucking awful collaborations with her husband and some huge box office bombs.

But Spy is more enjoyable than anything Will Smith has ever done. So there's that. Swings and roundabouts.
The collaborations with her husband and huge box office bombs usually go hand in hand too.

Spy is truly such a great film and one of the best uses of her comedy skills since Bridesmaids. I wish they’d give us another one… it also helps that it had Jason Statham in it.
 
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The collaborations with her husband and huge box office bombs usually go hand in hand too.

Spy is truly such a great film and one of the best uses of her comedy skills since Bridesmaids. I wish they’d give us another one… it also helps that it had Jason Statham in it.
Statham is outstanding in it. It's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. The bloopers are great, especially Jason being given those ludicrous lines on set then immediately filming a take.


 
Saw Mermaid last night. While I do have my fair share of gripes (it is too dark at times, Javier Bardem being woefully miscast, the Daughters of Triton being relegated to pretty models, the shoehorned Hamilton Scuttlebutt moment…) but it truly was quite wonderful? Easily the best live action musical they’ve done and probably second best of all the live actions after Cinderella for me.

After the travesty of Emma Watson as Belle and pretty much … everything that came out of Aladdin and Lion King, it’s so rewarding that they cast someone like Halle, who’s voice is so integral in the success of her Ariel. The rest of the cast was largely strong, they didn’t screw up any of the story beats, (Scuttlebutt aside) the tone was actually quite serious throughout and they didn’t add unnecessary stupid shit just to appeal to a child audience.

I can’t wait to see it again.
 
I want to see it so badly but all my friends were kind of like „weather‘s finally good who’s go to the movies now?“ here in Berlin. Which was also kind of my mood, otherwise I would just gone by myself if I do sometimes if I really need to see something quick.

The few people I know who saw it all loved it mostly.
 
The Little Mermaid was fabulous. Halle is a star in every sense of the word. That voice is unreal.

It’s also doing well in the US, even compared to Aladdin. Per Deadline:
Disney is holding firm to its $117.5M 4-day opening estimate on Little Mermaid after a $27.4M Sunday and a projected $22.1M Monday. Rivals still see it higher, around $119M, but Disney isn’t a studio that likes to get over their skis in their estimates. At the end of the day, Little Mermaid‘s box office course wasn’t that far off from Aladdin‘s; Ariel being more front-loaded in her previews/Friday with $38M to Aladdin’s $31.5M. Again, Aladdin posted a $30M Sunday and $25.3M Monday. Little Mermaid‘s 3-day is $95.4M to the Blue Genie’s $91.3M.

This is a very solid start for Little Mermaid despite coming in slightly lower than the anticipated $120M 4-day, a solid Memorial Day weekend to keep exhibition happy and popcorn sales flowing.
 
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I am not a Disney gay at all, so I only have a loose memory of the original, so was not forensically analysing every frame or storybeat. Overall - I thought it was fantastic. The story pacing was excellent, the CGI was gorgeous and much more immersive than a lot of recent blockbusters. At first I wasn’t hugely convinced on Eric’s casting but he really sold the character to me.

My biggest criticism was that the underwater community was really left unexpanded. You didn’t really feel any conflict about her leaving because it felt so bleak and joyless… I’d much rather have seen a bit more vibrancy and fun to add another dimension to the story.
 
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Yeah I went in cynical but loved it. It is an easy 20-30mins too long and the new songs are a little Lin-Manuel Miranda by numbers, but overall fun and exciting and gorgeous.

I thought the Giant Ursula scenes did a good job of getting the scaryness factor in for the kids in a way that wasn't too OTT or silly for the adults. I still remember that vividly from the original.
 

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