Excerpt: Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) is a bit of a loner. He's still stinging from the unexplained departure of his father five years ago, and now his best friend, older cousin Kyle Connellan (Austin Stowell) is about to leave for the military, with hopes that the pay will give him the opportunity to go for Olympic gold. He's also stuck in summer classes, where he's unable to concentrate.
REVIEW: Inspirational Dolphin Tale Doesn't Go All Soppy
22 February 2012
Excerpt: You couldn't come up with a simpler, more nakedly inspirational story than the one told in Dolphin Tale : Unhappy, disengaged child of single mom finds a wounded dolphin caught in a trap's ropes and cuts it free; proceeds to bond with the rescue group that's working to rehabilitate said dolphin; becomes a chief player in dolphin's gradual and difficult return to swimming with confidence.
Excerpt: Dolphin Tale is definitely a fun for the whole family. If you are able to catch this film though, the best way to do it would be in its filmed 3D presentation. The story of rescue of the dolphin, Winter, is nothing out of the ordinary and the story has been done before but this one stands out as something special. This film is just packed with a big heart and some really great acting including great performances from Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.
Excerpt: The end of 2011 brought us War Horse and We Bought a Zoo , which were films that really poured on the sentiment. They were also films that I overall liked, mainly because their aim to be well-meaning and sweet-natured did not affect my judgment on other aspects of the films to arrive at an appropriate decision.
Summary: Keeping the cast from running amuck with their own style, Smith puts on one of the best animal inspirational family films I’ve seen in a decade. He works his audience with an emotional story, putting his characters in a difficult position of possibly having Winter put to death with only blind luck saving the day. He depicts Florida’s seaside much like the days of old when the television show Flipper made northerners want to move to the state and live the good life.
Conclusion: There is a dearth of family films that aren't wisecracking computer-animated comedies. To that end, Dolphin Tale is a welcome something different. At the same time, its uplifting story is very by-the-numbers and treacly, more what you'd expect from a forgotten '90s family drama than a major new 3D motion picture. If a PG-rated animal movie in which the animal doesn't talk and fart sounds just like what you'd like to see, then definitely make a point to see this.
Excerpt: Forgive this unorthodox intrusion into your regular review reading, but there’s a point to be made. Heading to IMDB’s Dolphin Tale page on its DVD/Blu-ray release date brings up an ad for Universal’s Big Miracle . That one is about a group of people helping out some stranded whales in the Antarctic. See, it’s sort of shameless the way the studios do this.
Conclusion: Although 'Dolphin Tale' won't win over all adults, it's still a movie that kids will love. Personally, I'd rather have them watching something of quality that I love too, but just as we teach our kids, you can't always have things your way. There are plenty of awful family shows that they could be watching, so it's not worth complaining about 'Dolphin Tale.' It's clean and full of content that kids will love - which is a rarity these days.