“Dolphin Tale” Give a Tail, Get One

Genres: Drama and Kids/Family
Release Date: September 23rd, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for for mild thematic elements.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Director: Charles Martin Smith

JJ Rating: B+

Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) finds a dolphin wrapped in fish nets on the beach. He calms her, untangles her and falls into a friendship with Winter the dolphin. When the local aquarium takes her in complications happen. The tail is badly damaged and has to be removed. Winter turns sad with the loss, but perks up when she sees Sawyer. How can a tailless dolphin survive? Dolphin Tale

6 Good Things About This Film

  1. Another film based on an article I read in a magazine years ago.
  2. A good feel good film.
  3. The acting is weird at times, but overall the acting is good. Nathan Gamble stood out and so did his costar Cozi Zuehlsdorff. That last name is hard to spell, let alone say. Looks like it should be a city in Germany.
  4. Dolphins are just happy animals and for some reason when I hear or see them it's hard not to smile. They're magical like that. They're really, really smooth. I got to pet one. I'll never forget that. Gotta be careful, though, when petting their underbellies. That's where their genitals are and you might slip right on in.
  5. I remember reading about how inspirational Winter was, and to see it displayed on the screen was great.
  6. I love that Winter was played by Winter. Ha, that's awesome. Inspirational in its own way.

2 Bad Things About This Film

  1. The doctor wasn't black, he was white. It doesn't bother me, but it is interesting that if it were reverse and they switched out the black doctor with a white actor there would be a stupid race article that was written about Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  2. Some awkward acting moments with Austin Stowell and the other swimmer. Those were few and far between.

Dolphin Tale is a great film for children. Sawyer is a great character to show that children can be an awesome source of inspiration for not only themselves, but adults. I can't recall how HUGE a part Sawyer was in Winter's true tale, but in this film he's a corner stone to helping her recover and become a better dolphin because of it. It's an astonishing thing that when you help someone, helping that person can help you. It's a great byproduct.  

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