She is a good singer. But I gotta say, it just seems like they've cast her to appease the PC brigade. Why is everyone afraid of casting white people to play a white character? It's not controversial to try and keep to the film you're adapting from.
And before someone screams at me for being a massive racist, get over yourselves. It's not a case of "white is better", it's a case of "the little mermaid was white". Just like if a white girl played Princess Jasmine or a black girl played Mulan. Nothing to do with being a racist.
I was livid they screwed up Beauty and the Beast...Emma Watson cannot sing, there was zero chemistry between her and the Beast...so much annoyed me about that film I actually cannot sit through it anymore.
Jafar and Iago in Aladdin were dreadful, Naomi Scott can sing but did not have the dynamic vocal ability to perform Speechless (another stupid addition to that film) and her dad? The sultan? He just seemed baffled to be in a film where he wasn't the typecast terrorist. There was this whole dumb 2019 feminism cobblers woven through it which was completely unnecessary too. Personally, I thought it was more PC crap. Jasmine in the cartoon was still feisty and ballsy without making women look pathetic - why did they have to change it?
Ugh. I'm not even going to attempt the Lion King...
It's especially weird for the little mermaid since the original version it was based off of is Danish in origin. So the person that wrote that with the intention that Ariel even though she was a mermaid she still looked european in skin tone. It'd be like making Thor black even Scandanavians are pretty pale white, ironically theirs a running joke going around that Hollywood is turning all the red headed characters black in live-adaptation remakes and Thor contrary to what Marvel would have people believe Thor is a red-head in Norse-myths not blonde. So say if Dinsey never acquired the rights to Marvel characters and decided "Hey we did Greek myth with Hercules, how about we tackle Norse with Thor? He'd probably be black.I agree. I have no plans to see remakes of movies that don't need to be remade, and it's almost as if when they do remake things and change the character to a different race or gender, and if people don't love that right off the bat, it gives them a reason to claim the world is crawling with racists and sexists. I also think (even though I am in the LGBT community by default now) that pandering to that community by making formerly straight characters gay or trans is... well, it's just cringe. I have zero interest in seeing myself "represented", I wanna watch a movie to escape what my life is! Not see it on the screen. Make an original gay character, don't mess with existing characters or try to shoehorn them into a previous IP to try to prove that the world isn't accepting or to try to force people to accept. It only makes people annoyed and feel like everything they are fans of is being hijacked and manipulated. Are they really so short of ideas they can't make some new ones to represent other demographics?
But what I really wish is that they would just concentrate on making some good original content in Hollywood and stop worrying about race, gender and sexuality. So tired of them going on about it.