At first glance, My Fairy Tail Love Story may look like your run-of-the-mill teen fantasy romance but the production quality is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to peeling away its surprisingly impressive layers.
The movie starts off with the grand debut of an only child named Chantel (Janella Salvador). As part of her celebration, she brings her friends to an island where their trip gets cut short when she almost ends up drowning. Back at home, the rich spoiled Chantel wakes up the following day to find herself cursed with a tail instead of two legs. Her childhood best friend Noah (Elmo Magalona) comes to the rescue and even tries to help set her up with celebrity DJ Ethan (Kiko Estrada) whom Chantel believes can break the curse with his true love's kiss.
Although the movie has subtle touches that may remind you of Disney's The Little Mermaid, the references only seem to add more charm to the story than anything else and Janella is refreshing to watch as the self-absorbed yet lovable Chantel. Her standout singing voice is put to good use when she discovers that mermaids can only sing their dialogue which makes for some hilariously silly scenes. Elmo as the dutiful friend Noah secretly in love with Chantel is endearingly loyal that by the end of the film, it's almost a guarantee #ElNella fans will be shrieking their hearts out with an unexpected ending.
The rest of the cast also make their mark in different ways that add texture to what could have been a two-person plot. Kiray Celis as the girl smitten with Elmo's character has funny but cringe-worthy moments that add to the fun. Kiko Estrada as the heartthrob DJ Ethan has monents with Janella that show that their pairing has possibility too.
My Fairy Tale Love Story is lovely to watch for this Valentine's month regardless if you are single or taken. You can even watch it with your family. With its beautiful cinematography, pretty set design, and good pacing, viewers of all ages will have an enjoyable time with this feel-good romance. The film answers the question, "How far are you willing to go just for the sake of love" minus the cheesy dialogue and overly dramatic climax. If you want a lighthearted romance with a twist, then this is the story you need to see.