Richard B. Shull
Bobby Di Cicco
|"I don't understand. All my life I've been waiting for someone and when I find her, she's... she's a fish."|
|Time: 111 mins.|
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
|CAPSULE REVIEW Hanks and Hannah sparkle in this man meets fish love story. There's not much depth to either the characters or the plot, yet Howard manages to weave a tale of romance and destiny that's both funny and enchanting. Lucky for him, he cast the only actor who could actually make such a dangerously silly plot work. Though this is one of Hanks first films, he clearly shows both his comic talent and leading man potential. By playing the story straight, he gives the romance weight and poignancy. Fearing he'll never find true love, his joy at discovering the perfect woman is bittersweet since we know her dark secret. His reaction to the truth is both honest and heartbreaking. Hannah gives a solid performance as a mermaid who just wants to taste love with the man of her dreams, if only for a few days. The subplot that has her kidnapped by scientists is fairly lame, but clearly needed to give the characters something important to do. It also exposes her secret in a highly dramatic way. Levy and Candy, two of the best supporting comic actors, bring many laughs to the table here. Though the film drags when Hanks isn't onscreen, they manage to keep the story fun while he's gone. The film is beginning to show its age, but it's still a charming romance with a fairy tale ending you don't believe, but accept happily.|