Review: The Little Mermaid and My 11-Year-Old Nephew — Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents

Sue Kerr
3 min readJun 3


We sent our Disney movie expert Elijah, 11, to preview the Live Action version of The Little Mermaid. Elijah submitted an audio review and I added the transcript. Elijah is 11, an experienced Disney fan courtesy of his mom, and also happens to be a Black child. He previously connected the movie casting to the then-representation on MSNBC. MSNBC obviously did not listen, but the rest of us should …


Thursday of last week I went to see the new live-action Little Mermaid before it came out in theaters.

First off I’m going to start with the character development in Ariel. It is based off of the last movie but added a lot more to her character and how she felt without legs and no voice on the human realm, and how she thought of her father. It also can be it also compared really nicely with Triton mostly the same moments but really showed how angry he was at the human world for what happened to Ariel’s mother.

It also showed how Eric actually felt that he didn’t fit in with the royal family. They gave us a little backstory with him, more than just being the prince which I really liked but it was mostly the same same other than showing him actually wanting to be at sea.

Ursula not much it just was the same thing can’t really change Ursula.

What I did like is what they did some with Sebastian. It made it more funny at the same time as maybe more serious and actually caring about Ariel more than just his job like it showed in in the original movie and Scuttle was the same, annoying but funny.

Okay so now I’m gonna go back to Ariel. In the last movie, it just showed us more on Eric’s view of Ariel with no voice. In this movie it actually showed us for a little bits but still good what she actually felt and was thinking of in all the climactic moments with her on the surface film — like her inner thoughts more than just seeing her flap around with feet.

So that’s one thing I really, really liked about the movie.


Sue Kerr

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