Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dolphin Tale Movie Review

Charles Martin Smith brings his sweet, feel good movie “Dolphin Tale” about a boy, Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) who is a slight loner stuck inside his own shell. While he is much like boys his age who build models, play video games and avoid the world, he still feels alone. While his father is somewhere off away in no dad land, his mother Lorraine (Ashley Judd) does her very best to be a mother.

One day on his way home from his Florida grade school, he happens to find himself by a dolphin stranded on the beach in the lobster trap. Worried about the dolphin, he skips school and goes along with the local rescue team to the animal hospital. That’s where we meet Hazel Haskett (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) and her father Clay (Harry Connick Jr) and learn more about the rescuers. 


Sawyer is shy and withdrawn as mentioned, but this group helps him become more social by working with the dolphin, now living in a pool. As most heartfelt movies go, the once shy, Sawyer finds himself out of his shell and enthusiastic about working with the animal. During the film Winter, the dolphin, loses ability of it’s tail and it must be amputated. Later, a top prosthetics specialist (Morgan Freeman), comes in to  design an artificial tail. 


As the true story goes, Winter becomes a more prominent dolphin using her new prosthetic tail, the boy gets to be outward and lively, and of course the two families connect together, creating a beautiful and harmonious ending. Kids who love science, will love this movie indeed. 


As a young woman myself who grew up watching Free Willy, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this story of Winter the dolphin, and the entire story behind her. Not only was this film great, but it is very heartwarming. I highly recommend this movie for those who are of any age and looking for a good feel good movie. 

 

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review of Dolphin Tale and the reminder about how much fun it was to watch Free Willy! It's always fun to have nice movies that are good for kids to watch.

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  2. We totally missed this in the theater, so I definitely want to watch this with my kids. I am going to check it out.

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  3. Dolphin Tale was such a great movie. We've watched both of them with the boys, and they love them.

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  4. My friend was telling me this movie is awesome! My kids really love animals too

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  5. We saw this recently too and the kids just loved it, especially my little girl! Great review!

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  6. I just adore this movie. We watch it often.

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  7. We loved both Dolphin Tale movies! My kids obsessed over the first one when it first came out so we've watched that one a ton!

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  8. I haven't seen the first one, but seems I need to get caught up. Thanks for the review

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  9. Sounds like a great movie. My boys would love the movie.

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  10. This looks like a cute movie! I should let my nephew know about it!

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  11. This looks like a fantastic movie. My cousin is a dolphin fan so I may need to take her to see this!

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  12. This looks like a movie my kids will love to watch.Thank you for sharing this.

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  13. I love Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is open to the public and Winter is still there. I am not usually a fan of places like this because of the high amount of abuse rates in animals, but this aquarium exists for the sole benefit of educating the public and rehabilitating those animals in need. Those which can't go back into the wild have a forever home.

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  14. This is a fantastic movie. I love watching it with my kids. It has such a great message.

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  15. I just watch it to see Harry Connick, Jr. ;) Those are good family movies though. :)

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  16. My kids would probably love to see this movie! It looks so fun and entertaining.

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