Dolphin Tale 2
107 minutes = 1 hour 47 minutes
Winter, a dolphin that lost her tail, loses the mother who adopted her. Living alone in the Clearwater Marine Hospital is not an option for any dolphin. They are very social animals. Will the staff and her caregivers find a companion for her so she can remain at the Marine facility?
Well, we probably know the answer to that. So is there any other reason to spend an hour and 47 minutes watching another Dolphin Tale? I think there is.
If you left the first Dolphin flick feeling educated about marine life, moved by the intelligence of these creatures and maybe even a little inspired by a PG story…then you’ll likely enjoy part 2. It is also based on true events.
Same cast (Harry Connick, Jr., Ashely Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Free, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff) are back together 3 years later along with a special guest star Bethany Hamilton, the remarkable and accomplished surfer who gained national attention after her left arm was bitten off by a tiger shark. And yes, kids do grow up fast! Our young actors who found a beached dolphin in the first film are now finding each other – just a little bit. After all they’re now teens. But don’t worry – there’s nothing inappropriate. And they’re embarking on new experiences they’ve earned from working at the Marine facility.
The film was a little slow at times leaving space in my brain to wonder about the dolphins I was watching… were they real or mechanical? They were real! Winter played – herself. As did the other sea creatures. And apparently she’s quite the ham. Producer Richard Ingber says if Winter isn’t up to performing on any given day of shooting, the crew moves on to something else. As he says, the dolphins come first. And yes, the pesky pelican is also a ham.
Oscar nominees Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”) co-produce the film with Alcon President of Worldwide Marketing, Richard Ingber, who was responsible for the first film too.
Ingber believes that Winter is a real inspiration for people who may want to give up hope on their own disability or difficulty. He hopes that she provides that push to get over it. Seeing Winter may give them inspiration and hope, and as corny as that may sound for a movie real life could sure use more moments like that. But that’s just one chick’s opinion.
Arruga! = 0
Fidget Factor = 1 (too long)
Age Range = 7 and up ( if you child can’t sit through anything for 1 hour and 47 minutes don’t do take them)
Overall grade = B+