A Fishy Tale
Well, here's another outing for the tissue-tribe. One of the many
utterly talentless casting-couch queens of the 1980's, Daryl Hannah,
plays her predictable screen persona as the vulnerable naiveté in a
hu-man's world (check-out 'Crazy People'). This movie doesn't contain
clichés; it is a cliché.
Strangely popular one-dimensional Tom Hanks plays it straight against
various odd-ball individuals including his huckster brother, acted by
the continuously upstaging John Candy, with a little pythonesque humour
supplied by a female employee who has had a bump on the head and is now
in the habit of wearing her clothes out of synch. Then later, he's up
against a marine-biologist with a fascist turn, attempting to expose Ms
Hannah's fishy secret, of which he - Hanks - is as yet unaware (she's a
mermaid, you see).
It would appear that on dry land, her fishy lower-half turns into a
human and most excellent pair of pins with the sundry anatomy between
-so long as they stay dry. But that if they don't get a regular
soaking, they'll remain as legs forever, and she will be forced to stay
on land. Or something like that.
Candy can be hilarious in the right scenario - check-out 'Planes,Trains
& Automobiles'. Hanks? I can only conclude that he spent some time on a
very influential casting-couch as well.
Darly Hannah has the face and figure to have most unemancipated males
-or most males, in other words - embarrassed by the scale of their
spontaneous erections. She is definitely the stuff of an evolutionary
'trophy' wife. And we get to see a great deal of her meat in this
Then, of course, she gets to do most anything she likes, whether it be
wandering about stark naked, going on a buying spree at another's
expense, or destroying a shop full of TV sets. She gets to do this
because she's 'pretty' and 'vulnerable' and 'naive'. Yawn.
Some people see it as a 'romance'. But I offer this bi-line: Ms
Hannah's character - or Madison, as she calls herself - is a mermaid,
and therefor not only a different species but also a supposedly
dangerous one of ancient folklore. And we learn that she has been
stalking Hanks's character like some paedophilic pariah ever since he
was a child. Naturally, she has waited until he is adult before taking
her pursuit onto dry land, but the implication is self-evident. She
uses sex to ensnare him (and a great deal of it, as the dialogue makes
clear) in order to subvert him to her way of life. It's a life of
immortality but from which he can never, ever escape (though he doesn't
yet know it whilst he's submitting to her therapy).
Am I the only one who can see the parallels with 'Dracula' in that
resume? I put this to any viewer: would the scenario be quite so
'romantic' if the seducer were male? Because then the parallel with
'Dracula' would be complete.
Only at the last moment, on the dockside, when she has won him over and
he has cravenly agreed to join her in her oceanic world, does she
spring on him the deadly caveat that there will be no going back; when
he joins her, it is for ever.
I suspect that if the gender-tables were turned, any male would be
regarded as the most consummate manipulator and fraud under the same
However; if paedophilia, bestiality, and betrayal are your idea of the
ingredients for a good romance, then keep taking the tissues..
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I thought this movie was absolutely wonderful. It was so very cute and
fairly funny at times! Very different from most movies with the whole
mermaid thing. See men dig fish! Remember that! You know what I really
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