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What appeals to me is the combination of many things found in the film. The locations (even though I am told it was not filmed at Loch Ness) are beautiful to look at. The music is nice and mellow and the story is put together in a fun fashion. All in all it is a great film to relax with.
Critics panned the film and many folks don't see what I see in it, but films are a very individual thing. It is a good family film and worth taking a look at.
But beyond the plot, beyond the charming photography of Loch Ness locales, beyond the excellent roles played by everyone in the cast, the thing that made me HAVE to own this movie is the unexpectedly charming accent and mannerisms of the real "star" of this movie, "Isabel Mary McFetridge" played by Kirsty Graham. So winsome is this bright red-haired girl of eight years in this film, it is hard to imagine the movie having the same charm with any other child actor. And the fact that Kirsty was not a professional actress prior to being cast in the film may be why all of her dear mannerisms are unlikely to have been "directed," she is just winsome naturally.
Ted Danson played a somewhat disgraced professor/researcher and "seeker of unusual phenomena." He is the man who COULDN'T find Sasquatch, proof of UFOS or any other of the "quests" he pursued. His reputation is more as a laughing stock at this point, and he only reluctantly agrees to go searching after "one more folly," (the Loch Ness Monster) when he is told he only has to prove it "ISN'T there." He is to take state of the art sonar and imaging equipment, scan the Loch with it, and prove the Loch Ness monster is a complete fable. He figures it should be easy to prove this type of negative, and heads for Scotland to "do his job, then get out of Dodge."
Performances by Ian Holm (Lord of the Rings) as the "Water Bailiff" and Joely Richardson (playing mother of Isabel) round out the main roles, but the large blue eyed "Isabel" steals the show.
This is a "must see" film that leaves you cheering at the end. You'll want to buy this one because you're going to want to re-savor the sweet gaelic charm of this film many times over. It's a "keeper."
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I love this movie. Some would say it's trite and simplistic, but I think it was actually very well done and it's still one of my favorites.Published 3 months ago by Amy
This is home territory for me, I lived on the Black Isle and frequently drove down by the Loch. This delightful movie keeps the dream alive and Nessie, the Silkies and the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christine Young
Pure fun! Makes me want to be back in Scotland! Total feel good movie. Isabel (the child) is worth watching it for! The location is stunning! Credible? Who knows! Doesn't matter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kate Breivik