Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
It has been a few years since Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and the team at Clearwater Marine Hospital rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.) who runs the marine hospital and Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) who developed a unique prosthetic tail for Winter she has been thriving. Things start to get rough again when Winter’s elderly companion Panama passes away leaving her alone. It gets even more complicated when the USDA visits citing Clearwater for the fact that it is in violation of a code that requires dolphins in captivity be kept in pairs. Time is running out for the team to find Winter a new companion or lose her forever to another aquarium. Starring Ashley Judd, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Kris Kristofferson, Bethany Hamilton, Julia Winter, Austin Highsmith, Austin Stowell, Julianne Harkavy, Betsy Landin, Carlos Gomez, Denisea Wilson, Tom Nowicki.
Dolphin Tale 2 is a sequel to the family hit from 2011 title Dolphin Tale. The full cast returns in this charming, wholesome follow-up that is sure to please the movie goer with kids.
I can’t say I expected much upon entering the theater to see this sequel. I was pleasantly surprised by the first film and felt the follow would be much of the same. I wasn’t disappointed but nor was I awed and amazed. The film doesn’t offer anything revolutionary or overly emotional. But would expect that given the subject matter and the fact that it is based on true events? Didn’t think so. So while everything about the movie was predictable that didn’t stop it from being heartwarming and occasionally drawing a satisfying chuckle from me. Seriously the wacky pelican Rufus will crack you up – I couldn’t help laughing at him!
If the true story doesn’t interest you then you might at least enjoy the beautiful underwater footage. I was thoroughly impressed with all the great swimming and underwater shots they had of the dolphins in the film. While you expect it to a certain extent it was still really cool to see.
All in all Dolphin Tale 2 was a pleasurable watch. Not too long, not too complex and just enough emotion and plenty of heart. A great late in the year family film that anyone can enjoy.
7/10 Stars – Not quite as good as the first one but truly good family films are hard to come by and this one fits the bill.
When I heard they were making another Dolphin Tale movie, I was sure it was a movie just to “milk the cow.” I figured the story was made up and, due to the popularity of the first movie, they wanted to make a garbage movie to rack in more dollars. My prediction was far from correct.
First and foremost, Dolphin Tale 2 is based on the true story of what happened to Winter and the Animal Hospital after the events in the first movie. Now, I’m sure the movie makers planned this in advance to make my point about the extra money, but it is done the right way. I wasn’t around for the “actual events” of what happened to Winter and Hope, so it’s safe to say that most of this story is inflated by Hollywood, but that is ok to me. I think without the somewhat forced emotional moments, this movie could have been really boring (as I’m sure the real life events weren’t much to watch.) However, because of the emphasis Hollywood added to Winter yet again, they were able to create a family movie that both young and old will appreciate, especially if you are animal lovers (and lets face it, if you aren’t, why are you seeing this movie?)
The biggest surprise for me was the amount of heart and charm they were able to keep from the first to the second movie. Usually with this kind of sequel, production quality goes right out the window, but with strong performances from it’s leading teens, this movie really was spot on for a decent family sequel. It has emotion from beginning to end that will make you want to go out and save animals left and right afterwards. It shows the kindness that some people have for the helpless animals that we interfere with every second of every day. My only gripe with this movie is I feel it has little rewatch value because it really doesn’t offer anything new. We’ve all seen rescue movies or movies about animals in need (points to first movie), so Dolphin’s Tale 2, although it surprised me with a better movie than I expected and entertained me from start to finish, it left me wanting something more, something different. Who knows what is next for Winter and Hope… I sure wouldn’t mind seeing more from these 2.
7/10 Stars – Great family movie with plenty of heart for the young and old, but has a low rewatch value.