Though, the Regal Entertainment Incorporated’s film ‘My Fairy Tail Love Story’ by Perci Intalan is easily identified with the fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ which is about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul; this one attempts to create a movie experience apart from telling a story; particularly having in mind the youth of today.
The mermaid-centric piece assembles three of the promising young stars in Philippine cinema, the popular team-up of ElNella (short for Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador) and the eye candy—Kiko Estrada, the son of Cheska Diaz and Gary Estrada. Magalona plays the male childhood friend of Chantel, Noah; while Salvador is Chantel and Estrada is DJ Ethan, the third wheel in the film.
The film takes pride in its scenic locations where the film was shot in Batangas, Zambales and Pangasinan. Most of the breathtaking underwater scenes were taken in Anilao and the beach scenes were both in the latter mentioned places. Some underwater shots were done in Tubbataha Reef, Palawan. It posed a great challenge for the director to make all the shots look like it was taken in one location.
Like any other ‘Little Mermaid’ franchises, though the film has nothing to do with Walt Disney films and all; still it offers musical production where it utilizes the singing talents of ElNella tandem. However, Intalan promised that it only has 20% musical parts, but has a major musical scene. Moviegoers are in for a Disney-kind-of-treat in this Valentine offering movie.
Janella’s character as Chantel is cursed with a fish tail and she can only go back to her human form and restore her legs when she finds her true love’s kiss, which she mistook it to be DJ Ethan. In contrast to the character of Walt Disney Princess named Ariel, Salvador’s voice wasn’t gone, but she has to sing whenever she has to say something.
Also in the cast are Kiray Celis, Dimples Romana, Dominic Ochua, Kakai Bautista and a lot more. The MTRCB rated B film opens on Hearts’ Day (Valentine’s), February 14 in cinemas nationwide.