The live-action remake of The Little Mermaid contains a misstep already present in the ending of the original film that concerns the character of Ursula.
The arrival at the cinema of the live-action version of The little Mermaid has brought with it many changes in the look of the characters, in the songs and in the concept of the film, but the film retains a certain sequence, already present in the original, which proposes an unforgivable hole in the plot.
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Why didn’t Ursula incinerate Eric when she could?
Here you will find our review of The Little Mermaid, a reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale starring Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthey and Javier Bardem. In the original The Little Mermaid, Ursula claims Ariel’s soul and trades it for King Triton’s trident. Once he signs the contract and hands it over, he is transformed into a marine mollusc. At that point Ariel and Eric attack Ursula. When Eric emerges returning to his boat to breathe, Ursula’s power becomes devastating and he creates a whirlpool that destroys everything, but the prince manages to escape. Yet, when she had Eric at gunpoint, Ursula sent her moray eels after him instead of incinerating him with the trident she was holding. This choice amplifies the battle making it more spectacular in the eyes of the public.
This scene repeats itself in Rob Marshall’s live action version when Eric does the same heroic gesture and dives into the water to save Ariel (Halle Bailey). It’s strange because, as he slowly rises to the surface, he’s an easy target for Ursula (Melissa McCarthy), but she doesn’t incinerate him with the trident. Yet, in both films King Triton uses his trident as a weapon, firing lightning at will in Ariel’s cave. Why doesn’t Ursula do the same?
When Triton gives the weapon to Ursula, it is implied that she knows how to use it. Yet in the film’s finale the power of the character is deflated as she never properly uses the weapon she has taken possession of. This choice is never explained by Disney, leaving the field open to the theories of the spectators.