I've always been a fan of mermaids. More so even than unicorns. Which is saying quite a lot. So naturally I had to check out the new Little Mermaid movie when it hit the New DVD shelves.
This film takes the classic, well-known tale and transports it to the Big Top. Here, a mysterious Ring Master claims to possess Mermaid Water, a cure-all for whatever illness or infliction ails. Skeptical journalist Cam Harrison must travel to this small-town Mississippi circus to get the scoop. Traveling with Cam is his young niece, Elle, who suffers from an asthma-like disorder and who, as fate would have it, is obsessed with mermaids. Cam expects the story to be an easy one: Debunk a hoax and come home. But not all is as it seems. As it turns out, the mermaid, Elizabeth, is the real deal. And she is being held captive against her will. Now it is up to Cam, Elle, and their new circus performer friends to defeat the evil Ring Master and set Elizabeth free.
Despite less than stellar box office reviews, I really liked The Little Mermaid. Loved it, actually. It was every bit the fantasy adventure film I hoped it would be. And although (very) loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson story, the plot felt completely original and fresh. Sets and costumes were gorgeous too. And the whole thing felt absolutely magical! It was the perfect film to watch on a chilly winter afternoon.