Dolphin Tale is one of those movies that may remind you of past dolphin movies, but it’s of higher quality. This uplifting film sets the standards for future dolphin movies.
Inspired by a true story. Dolphin Tale centers on a young boy, Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) befriending an injured Bottlenose dolphin named Winter (as herself). He had seen it in the Indian River in Fort Pierce, Florida. She loses her tail due to being entangled in a crab trap. Clay (Harry Connick, Jr.) rescues Winter and brings her to a Marine Hospital.
Sawyer’s mom Lorraine (Ashley Judd) soon finds out that he has been missing summer school, due to his involvement with Winter. They tour the hospital together so she knows what he’s doing during the day. Lorraine and Sawyer come to an agreement that if he does whatever is required to get credit for summer school, he can be at the hospital with Winter. Lorraine tries to pursue his teacher Mr. Doyle (Ray McKinnon) discusses her son’s dilemma.
Sawyer befriends Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) who also helps save Winter. He meets Dr. McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) at a VA hospital and asks him to create a prosthetic tail for Winter.
Dolphin Tale’s subplots, such as his cousin Kyle (Austin Stowell) serving his country, and choppy editing are minor short falls of Dolphin Tale.
The performances are top-notch. Gamble is the one who drives the film. He gets in the front seat and stays focused on the story. Gamble has a positive attitude that is inspiring and exciting for the audience.
The film has meaning and intention which comes right off the screen. It’s definitely easy to notice derivations from other dolphin movies. Harry Connick, Jr. and Nathan Gamble make the film fresh enough for us to care. “Never give up” is what the film is telling us in several ways.
Dolphin Tale gives you a sense of hope for everyone involved with Winter. From start to finish, the film is elating. The film evokes plenty of emotions throughout. This film gives perspective to the saying “miracles can happen”. During the end credits they show disabled children and adults with Winter, and that is what makes Dolphin Tale a must-see.
Winter splashes that she's happy. The audience claps in return. It is encouraging that human technology can help rather than hurt declining species. You'll flip out! Dolphin Tale is one of the best family films of the year! B+
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When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old, Colorado high school teacher wants to do is forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. Lyn plans a vacation diversion; fate provides Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and temporary friendships, her emotions come alive.
However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he's navigating, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn is on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs from Braedon and what he has to offer.
Their confusing relationship is bad enough, but when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions in American Samoa things get worse. Paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped and Lyn's fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.
A Change of Plans Book Trailer
A Change of Plans by Donna K. Weaver will be released by Rhemalda Publishing on June 1, 2013.