Splash (1984)

DailyView: Day 85, Movie 146

Splash has been on the DailyView list from the beginning, but I was not sure if I had seen it before. I mean, I was aware of the movie and the general plot, but I was not sure if I had ever actually seen it. So I decided to give it a chance on Disney + this morning. I did not recognize much of anything in the movie so I feel comfortable that this meets the criteria for the DailyView.

Directed by Ron Howard, Splash starred Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah in one of the most oddball love stories in the Disney canon. Allen Bauer (Tom Hanks) was reunited with a mermaid (Darryl Hannah) who had saved him from drowning as a child. However, he did not know that she was a mermaid. The mermaid, who took the name Madison, could, for a short period, come on land and walk around with legs. Unaware of the surface culture, Madison learned about it by watching TV.

Allen and Madison fell in love during these few days, but Madison worried about telling him the truth. As this romance is blossoming, scientist Walter Kornbluth (Eugene Levy) is desperately trying to prove that mermaids exist and he pursued Madison.

Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah had good chemistry and it was great to see John Candy here too. Candy played Allen Bauer’s older brother who was full of troublesome behavior. It was just the same role that John Candy always played and he was really good at it.

I did not like the way the film concluded, though. The chase scene which proceeded it was average at best.

Tom Hanks showed here that he was on his way to stardom. He threw himself into the bizarreness of the plot and filled up the screen.

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