Jonathan Dempsey is a curmudgeonly American scientist who
heads to Scotland to prove once and for all that the Loch
Ness monster does not exist. Armed with an array of gizmos
designed to help him search out the dinosaur of the deep he
comes up with nothing. Until a local schoolgirl shows him
some evidence that even he cannot refute...
a pretty enjoyable family movie - despite some rather obvious
flaws. The whole movie rests on the audience wondering whether
Ted Danson's character will end up finding Nessie. Sadly,
the fact that the back of the DVD box states: "Creature
effects by Jim Henson's Creature Shop" kind of spoils
back of the DVD case also claims that this is presented in
Dolby Surround. Sadly it isn't - instead being 2 channel stereo.
This is a bit of crime really. How much more effort would
it have been to include a 5.1 remix?
and Joely Richardson do admirable jobs of making us believe
in their characters. And I loved the fact that Danson was
not afraid to bare his bald patch to the cameras. No, there's
no trying to hide that he's going bald - very un-Hollywood,
but very commendable.
Street fans will be amused to see Fred Elliott (John Savident)
make a brief appearance in the closing scenes. Keith Allen
also makes a couple of brief appearances as a nutter (what
else?), but it is Ian Holm (as the Loch Keeper) and Kirsty
Graham (Isabel Mary McFetridge) that make this movie all the
back to the creature for a moment. I've got to say that Jim
Henson's Creature Shop must have been paid peanuts. The job
they do is pretty poor. This film was released in 1996 - so
it's not as though CGI wasn't widely used. They would have
been better producing a Muppet style creature (like they did
in the fantastic series The Storyteller) than creating
a half baked CGI creature.
in all though, this is still an entertaining movie which will
keep the very young glued to the screen.
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