How sad is this?
This film is so real. It treats its characters with so much care and sensitivity.
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
Great uplifting movie - I loved it! Living in a landlocked country, I always like watching films about marine life. Judging from the script, the target audience of the film seemed to be kids; and in many ways this is certainly a family movie, with the young teenagers Sawyer and Hazel being the heroes of the story. Nonetheless, this is a very insightful film about dolphins and marine life, with some great underwater scenes. I also enjoyed the scene with Bethany Hamilton swimming with the dolphin - very uplifting and heartwarming stuff.
Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) is now famous as a part of the team at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium after the rescue of Winter. Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) is back along with her dad Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.) who runs the hospital. Prof Miguel Arroyo (Carlos Gómez) invites Sawyer to 12 weeks on a sailing ship for a special guest student program. Winter is depressed after her surrogate mother dolphin Panama passes away. USDA regulations forbids keeping a dolphin alone. They have rescued a new dolphin named Mandy but Clay is reluctant to pair them together. Inspector George Hughes (Charles Martin Smith) gives him 30 days.I liked the charm of the first movie and I like that most of the actors return for this one. Although most of the adults with the exception of Harry Connick Jr. are push to the side. The two kids get most of the work. It is very sincere. Rufus the pelican continues to provide a bit of light comedy but this is mostly a downer. They suffer an lost early on and it wallows in it for most of the movie. I'm reluctant to give too many negatives because everybody seems so nice. It's definitely not as compelling as the original but it's nice to see everybody again.
I think a big part of what made this movie enjoyable for me is that they played it safe. Nothing in this movie disrupts the gentle optimism DT1 established--the kids are still devoted to marine conservation, the corporate management still consents to do what is best for the animals, the community stills supports the aquarium and all it's efforts. This time the story is more for younger viewers. Adults will notice quickly that the characters often behave like they are in a soap opera and and aren't reacting like any person actually would. The central conflict of the movie is that Winter the dolphin may have to get relocated to a new facility. They are careful to say that the animal would be placed in a marine park so that we assume Winter will be forced to perform and unhappy. Otherwise, the problem is that the adults are losing their meal tickets, not that the dolphin is in any danger. Harry Connick Jr probably ruined his chances of ever getting another role of any worth with his angry overreactions to situations that normal adults could easily talk through. Again, younger viewers wont see anything wrong--for them this is another chance to spend more time with the characters and the animals. So that's alright. And baby Hope is really cute. Family=satisfied.
Just saw this with my movie theatre-working friend. We both enjoyed this true-life sequel about Winter's acting strangely especially after the death of a fellow dolphin early in the film. Since Hazel and Sawyer are a little older and practically young adults, there's a hint of a budding romance between them though the main focus is on Winter and another possible new playmate named Hope. All the cast from the previous one is back and Morgan Freeman's character is allowed to say some witty lines that my friend found funny while I was a little amused at them. Actor Charles Martin Smith is the writer/director and he appears as the guy telling the Harry Connick Jr. character he has 30 days to fix whatever violations he cited. In summary, Dolphin Tale 2 was pretty enjoyable for a true-life sequel.