But for me, Syracuse’s willingness to accept this beautiful woman as some mystical creature from the sea is a little too easy. He doesn’t really question her or where she came from, he just kind of goes with it, which I guess would be fine but I wasn’t completely sold. For his young daughter, it’s a little more believable that she would easily take to the idea that her dad’s new chick is a sea creature/weirdo. She takes to the idea right away and goes to the library to research all kinds of Celtic mysticism; her imagination runs amok with the idea that this new chick could very well be everything she’s been reading about. But for Syracuse, he simply acknowledges it, accepts it and goes with the flow.
As far as the performances go, the interplay between Syracuse and the aforementioned priest (played by the brilliant Stephen Rea) is very natural and believable. Through their conversations, we learn about all of Syracuse’s faults, insecurities and how to tough it is for him to stay sober. Farrell is also very good with Ondine, his daughter and also his ex-wife. In fact, Colin Farrell is probably the best thing about the movie. I’m really liking his choice in character driven roles as of late and this is no exception. He has a very confident, quiet and brooding way he plays this character and it just works. Unfortunately, the pacing of the story is so plodding and borderline dull, that you tend to just kind of give up midway through the movie.
HDNet: A Look at Ondine: Pretty much the same, but a little flashier and a lot shorter than the previous Making Of.