One thing I wanted to do when starting this blog was to occasionally write up reviews of books or music or movies that I particularly enjoy (or possibly found disappointing if that disappointment is enough to move me to put words to paper). So without further ado, my first official movie review.
Thursday evening I was in the mood for something a little different movie-wise and finally settled on Ondine. This movie takes some Irish and Scottish mythology and brings it into a modern setting. Starring Colin Farrell and set in a small Irish town, the story is about a fisherman who pulls a young woman from the ocean in his fishing net. The woman doesn't want to be seen by anyone else and claims to not remember who she is. The fisherman's daughter soon begins to speculate that the young woman is actually a selkie, and indeed, magical things begin to happen once the woman enters their lives.
I have a definite soft spot for modern day fairytales and another soft spot for stories set in Ireland, so it was no surprise that I found this film utterly charming. The scenery was breathtaking and I found myself wishing I could live in a remote house in a tiny little Irish town. The story is not without conflict though and Syracuse, the Irish fisherman, definitely has had to face his share of hardships in his life. He is an extremely likable and realistic character though, and while it was heartbreaking to see him fail at times, the story comes to a very satisfying ending. There were times when the story felt a bit forced, but I was was willing to overlook it because I was enchanted by the characters and the setting. For anyone who has Netflix, this movie is currently available to instantly watch, and I recommend checking it out if you like charming love stories with a touch of magic realism.
On a related note, after watching Ondine I was inspired to write up a short bit involving a selkie, which can be found over at Conversing with Cats. Who hasn't wondered what would happen if their pet met a mythical creature? :)
Hope your New Year is off to a great start!
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