Dolphin Tale tells the sweet “based on true events” story of Winter, a dolphin that lost its tail after getting caught in a crab trap off of the Florida Gulf Coast. Also at the heart of the story is Sawyer, a fatherless boy that not only cuts Winter free but also takes on the role of Winter’s mother during recovery as the dolphin learns to swim anew, with a first-of-its-kind prosthetic dolphin tail.
I recently had the pleasure of screening this movie along with my twelve year old daughter. I find very little to complain about when I think of this movie, but unfortunately, I also find very little to blog about as well. This is not do to the cast, who did a fine job with what they had to work with. Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr and of course the real jem of the bunch Morgan Freeman keep this movie watchable. The movie does do a nice job of delivering the message of acceptance within it’s story. There’s just not much else I can say about the movie other than it’s very sweet. Oh wait, I think I already said that!
Now, coming from my twelve year old daughter who I see as more the movie’s targeted audience, Dolphin Tale was fantastic. She loved it. Where I was left feeling a lack of depth to the movie, she was pulled right into the the story full heartily. She was home looking up photos of the real Winter all afternoon after the screening. She also highly recommends the movie to kids her age. As where I saw no need for the movie to be shown in 3D, she enjoyed what 3D effects where included and explained they really added to her movie enjoyment.
It may not have been the heartfelt story I expected, but I fully enjoyed my morning movie with my daughter. More importantly, am happy to know she enjoyed it even more. Which makes Dolphin Tale well worth seeing on the big screen in my opinion.
If you are looking for a sweet family film, this is definitely one. I would recommend this film for kids over eight. Younger are likely in my opinion to be board. I was impressed by the lack of violence and use of adult language.
I was provided with free passes to an advanced screening of Dolphin Tale for the purpose of this review. No type of monetary compensation was received.