The zany tone was definitely scattershot, crass and off-putting at first, but it eventually won me over with its charm. In particular, I think the date scene works well integrating its surreal humor into a framework that actually cares about character and personality. Not all of it works, but I have to appreciate the genuine - not affected - weirdness of this huge film.
Solid comedic work and a fun way to address a relevant social issue from Chow's latest film. I can imagine the impact this had in domestic Chinese theaters; I think the development of the story took a backseat to the environmental message that this film wanted to convey, however.
Stephen Chow has a great gift for going big in a low rent way. Real big. Real low rent. Less a blockbuster than a blockdecimator, The Mermaid has left a serious mark on Asia. A crater. Eco-friendly crater. Even though the emotions are all based in a farcical word of italics and quotation marks, that isn't a CGI tear in my eye. Where did they find Yun Lin? I mean: Oh my Lord! My heart is a wounded bird.
'Mercy, mercy me the ecology'. Chow's comic parable for the need for preservation of green space is a runaway box office giant in China that translates fairly well to western audiences. The comedy is very broad, as always, with a reliance on CGI effects that mostly impress. Chao Deng and Yun Lin are both well cast in the romantic leads and Yuqi Zhang makes a memorable villainess.