Touchstone Films takes the plunge with surprisingly charming mermaid yarn notable for winning suspension of disbelief and fetching by-play between Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks.
Although film is a bit uneven, production benefits from a tasty look, an airy tone, and a delectable, unblemished performance from Hannah who couldn’t be better cast if she were Neptune’s daughter incarnate. Hanks, as a Gotham bachelor in search of love, makes a fine leap from sitcom land, and John Candy as an older playboy brother is a marvelous foil.
The mermaid’s fin materializes into human legs when she leaves the water and, a la Lady Godiva, blonde tresses covering her breasts.
Screenplay is marred by some glaring loopholes in its inner structure but story is a sweet takeoff on the innocence mythology and sensuality associated with mermaids.
1984: Nomination: Best Original Screenplay
Touchstone. Director Ron Howard; Producer Brian Grazer; Screenplay Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Bruce Jay Friedman; Camera Don Peterman; Editor Daniel P. Hanley, Michael Hill; Music Lee Holdridge; Art Director Jack T. Collis
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 111 MIN.
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