Dolphin Tale 2011 8 out of 10
An inspirational movie about an injured dolphin that has to have his tail removed and then needs to have a artificial tail created for it in order to survive. It is based on a true story, but with elements added that were typical Hollywood conventions. It is very similar to Free Willy in that a young boy ends up making a connection with a Cetacean. The movie grabs your heart from the moment you see the injured dolphin stranded on the beach. Dolphins are beautiful intelligent creatures which makes them so easy to get emotional about.
The movie is not just about the dolphin's tail though it also is about the boy finding something to care about in life again while he has struggled to find something to connect with after the loss of his father. He is a lost soul until this connection with the dolphin changes his life. It is also about the journey of his older cousin that was a potential Olympic swimmer until he suffers a crippling injury while overseas fighting for our country and how he learns to accept his handicap. It is a touching story that is well executed in its telling
Dolphin Tale 2 2014 7 out of 10
When I heard that there was going to be a Dolphin Tale 2 - my first thought was "Is that really necessary?" The first movie didn't really need a sequel since it was such a good and complete story- but after renting it for Family movie night, because my step daughter wanted to see it --it was definitely worth a watch. Dolphin Tale 2 continues the story of the inspirational dolphin Winter as see deals with the loss of a fellow dolphin. This is a common thing that many dolphins in captivity deal with since they are very social animals. After the death of her dolphin friend she goes into a deep depression and they need to find a new dolphin for her to socialize with. This movie didn't have the same strong storyline as the first movie, but was a good family film anyways. I love dolphins and have found them fascinating my whole life. They are so amazing that I was instantly pulled back in and cared deeply what was going to happen to Winter. No big spoiler here...since the other Dolphin is shown in the poster ---Hope the stranded baby dolphin that they rescue and Winter ends up bonding with --was a predictable yet satisfying end to Winter's story.
I liked the movie for the dolphins ---my wife liked it for Harry Connick Jr. --- a win -win situation.