Yes this is old news, but time was needed to digest the fact that The Little Mermaid will once more be up on the big screen.
As a child my favourite Disney Princess was Ariel (and Belle). There are even embarrassing Halloween pictures of me dressed up as her. Not to mention that my nickname for my little brother (Guppy) came from the movie - “Flounder, you’re such a guppy”. Yes, I was obsessed. Still am, as can be seen from my still-packaged Barbie doll, Christmas tree ornament and annual Ariel birthday cards from people who know me best.
Fine, it will not be the Disnified version, full of catchy songs, bright colours and the stereotypical happy ending. But at twenty-something, I’m pretty sure I can handle the darkness of the Anderson original. In fact, I welcome it, because it leaves more to discuss. There is nothing better than a story that questions peoples logic and reasoning. I mean really, why does she not stab the prince??? He obviously does not love her - in that way anyway.
That is not even mentioning the point that Sofia Coppola will be directing it! Something that ups the excitement factor even more. I can’t begin to count the number of times I have seen Marie Antionette and raved about its soundtrack. Coppola could be the perfect director for what I want this new version of Mermaid to be, girly, with great music and a dark edge that is befitting of an older audience.
Just please do not cast Amanda Seyfried as Ariel. I would have to retract gushing statement of excitement for the movie.