Have you ever fallen in love with someone who you never thought you would see again? How about someone who was from a different area or social class than you were? This is the story about that someone who has and the person he falls in love with is indeed, from an entirely different world…
Todays Key Movie:
Directed by Ron Howard and Starring Tom Hanks, This movie is a retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story of The Little Mermaid but, instead of a magical kingdom and a prince, we get the city of New York and a man named Allen Baur (Hanks).
Allen Baur is a produce salesman who, at a young age, fell off a boat and fell in love with a young mermaid. Years later they are reunited the mermaid, now named Madison, (played by Darryl Hannah) travels to New York City to find her lost love. With the government on their tail, Baur and Madison must find a way to be together despite the odds. Also starring John Candy and Eugene Levy this is a film that delivers.
Why this movie?
As a kid this was a favorite of mine and, predating the animated Little Mermaid, it was one that really managed to update the classic tale without leaning too much on the source material. I probably watched this film several dozen times and it didn’t hurt that two of my favorites,Tom Hanks and John Candy, were in this film together.
I can’t tell you how much I wished to find my own mermaid as a kid after seeing this film and, eventually, I did.
Okay, you like this film, but is it really a ‘good film’?
Everything in this film works, the actors are spot on, the special effects are excellent and even the music is delightful. Hanks and Hannah have a chemistry that is completely believable and it really makes the film all that more believable. It has humor, drama, fantasy and even a romance story mixed in. The Magic of the film alone will pull you in but the story will keep you trapped. Amazingly enough the special effects hold up to this day. The ‘tale’ suit that Daryl Hannah wears looks amazing and is still rather convincing still.
In addition to Hanks, Candy and Hannah, we get the delightful Eugene Levy in on the action and he is hilarious. Playing a scientist determined to expose Madison as the mythical creature she is, he is relentless in his pursuit and, when he finally gets what he desires, he realizes his mistake. His journey as a character is a fantastic and fun ride, one that you’ll soon enjoy.
Ron Howard nails this film and I certainly consider it as one of his best. His ability to capture the fantasy tone but keep it grounded in real life is amazing and can also be seen in films like Willow and Cocoon.
Ironically, this version of The Little Mermaid was made by Buena Vista Pictures, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures.
OK, where do I get this movie?
You can pick this gem up on DVD for around $6 or pay $10 for it digitally. Either way, it is totally worth it.
There is a sequel but…you should skip it. Trust me.
and of course, the trailer.
Late To The Game 6/7/2018
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