Splash (1984)

splash-1984“I’m really a nice guy. If I had friends you could ask them.” – Walther Kornbluth

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (numerous times on cable, 21 Jul 2008 and 15 Dec 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A modern retelling of Hans Christian Anderson tale of The Little Mermaid where a mermaid falls in love with a man in modern day NYC.

My Take on it – Ron Howard directed this modern day fairy tale which has Daryl Hannah portraying a mermaid who meets and falls in love with Tom Hanks, a mild mannered produce distributor when he falls off of a boat into the ocean.

The story is OK and isn’t exceptionally entertaining, funny or even interesting.

This movie wants us to believe numerous things when it doesn’t actually try to convince us that we should.

Hannah and Hanks are both slightly above average here and neither shines enough to show anything special.  Hanks still has a few years until he breaks out and shows the world how terrific an actor he can be.

Some slightly humorous scenes with John Candy and Eugene Levy, but even they are better elsewhere.

I liked this one much better as a kid, maybe because I was always hoping to get a glimpse of a bare-breasted mermaid on cable TV. 🙂

Bottom Line – Mediocre retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson story, but not all that great.  Hanks is OK here, but was still a few years away from breaking out.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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