This will never be a contender with Jurassic Park.
Couldn't someone have figured out that most of the
audience would be waiting for a glimpse of the monster
from the moment the film begins? So why wait till near
the end to relieve us of and release us from our
expectations? Burying frustration and plodding ahead, we
discover that no typecasting has been done for this film.
Ted Danson plays brilliant zoologist Dr. Jonathan Dempsey
and Joely Richardson plays local barkeeper Laura
MacFeteridge. (Typecasting would have been doing it the
other way around). Dr. Dempsey, the disillusioned Dick,
wants to prove once and for all that the Loch Ness monster
doesn't exist. Add Ian Holm as an elf-like old Water
Bailiff and Kirsty Graham as Laura's youthful "gifted"
daughter Isabel, and you have the makings of a modern day
fairy tale. Do you believe in Nessies? Give me Beany and
Cecil any day.
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