Congrat's Charlie Smith, you've done it again. Congrat's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson...and Bob Engelman. I've been a part of a lot of films in our industry, as an actress, a choreographer, a director...and there are only a handful of great films you can point too, that you can watch over and over and over, and it never gets old. Dolphin Tale will be added to that list. From Morgan Freeman to Ashley Judd, all of the actors were phenomenal. The child actor Nathan Gamble pours his little heart into this one, and will become the new it young actor. Harry Connick Jr. is the <more>
dad of all dads, and the young actress Cozi Zuehlsdorff will will eventually become a wonderful little actress if she stays away from troublemakers in the industry. There were also a lot of successful actors in the supporting cast that helped make this film one for the ages. like, Frances Sternhagen, Kris Kristofferson, Ray McKinnon, Jim Fitzpatrick, Marc Macauly and Richard Libertini. And last but not least Winter. If you love animals and/or Dolphins..you too will love Dolphin Tale!
OMG, totally loved this film. (by septhdr-163-372499)
Without going into a dissertation of my life and background I went to the Warner Brother's Premiere last night at the village theater in Westwood and my eyes were watery almost the entire movie. Being an animal lover and activist I would equate this film in it's quality to several other extremely successful animal feature films, which I love and watch, over and over again.Dolphin Tale reminded me of some of the greatest animal films I've ever seen, such as 'My Dog Skip' 'Born Free' 'Babe' 'Old Yeller' 'Marley and Me' Benji' 'Free <more>
Willy' 'Lassie' and 'Flipper' but better! The family relationships between Ashley Judd and Nathan Gamble mother & son and then Gamble and Austin Stowell 1st cousins and then Stowell and his parents Kim Ostrenko Judd's sister and Jim Fitzpatrick Judd's brother in law & Stowell's father and then Gamble and Winter the Dolphin and then Winter and Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff Gamble's new best friend and her dad Harry Connick Jr Marine Biologist and then Connick and his dad Kris Kristofferson...was priceless.The story of Winter obviously is what drives this film, but it the relationships is what makes this movie so emotional and visceral. Everyone will be able to associate themselves with these relationships.Not to mention that the film is beautifully shot and it appears as though the town of Clearwater beach is a a cozy little beautiful place.This may be THEE BEST animal movies EVER made...EVER!
I brought my 8 year old daughter with me to preview Dolphin Tale and we both LOVED it! This is a perfect family movie and I couldn't recommend it enough. The message was positive and although there were some heavy topics addressed - it wasn't over the top... you leave feeling good with lots to think about. This isn't just a movie that encourages you to never give up. It did a great job bringing up real issues like self-image, pride, acceptance of those who are different, self-worth, homeschooling, importance of family, the power of a good family, the value of family. It addresses <more>
family relationships, friendship with those who are different, public school issues... oh, and so much more! This movie opens opportunity for discussion with your kids OR you can just go and enjoy the story. Can't wait to see it again in September!
From what I've seen, the trailer on TV and previews have everyone expecting a sappy and cloying family drama; all the elements for it are there - war tragedy, absent parents, incredibly cute animals, confused adults, children - but somehow it manages to transcend the trappings of the family drama genre. There is absolutely nothing more to the story than what's on the trailer but nevertheless, the way it gets to the inevitable points in the story are done with great skill and nuance. The performances coaxed out of all the actors are great, even the dolphin Winter and the <more>
pelican."Dolphin Tale" aims to tell a very simple story and never over-complicates it. The movie aims to offer an atmosphere and glimpses of lives rather than something story driven. Though the movie boasts of big names, they are never above or beyond the story and all are pieces of the story rather than big actors. The movie does veer a bit into the boy and his beloved pet territory that might get parent cringing that their kids are going to want dolphins for Christmas or dolphin rides or whatever the amusement park version of it is. But, as a whole the movie does manage to be about the dolphin Winter as the title promises and not overly about the characters.For a movie to take your kids too and for you to enjoy as well, I highly recommend the movie.
The only way mankind can ever reach a level of contentment is when we humbly submit to our humanity. One certainly doesn't have to look far to see the polar opposite of that. Our world, as it is today, is rife with infirmity, suffering, war, and a general greediness that pulls mankind far away from what we can be. Sometimes we need a wake-up call, something to rally the good that is in us all. That is what "Dolphin Tale" excels at in my humble opinion. This piece of celluloid magically captures the true story of one of nature's most beautiful, loving, and social creatures <more>
that in its infirmity has brought out some of our best qualities as humans. That it is based on truth catapults it to being greater than entertainment It's truly inspirational.Winter, a dolphin, succumbs to injuries associated with a crab trap and is rescued. As Winter recuperates it becomes necessary for a large portion of her tail, as well as several of her vertebrae, to be removed. In the movie she is found by a young boy who has retreated from much of the world around him after his father abandoned his mother and him. Winter's struggle to live becomes the boy's bridge to his own healing. As Winter heals at the Clearwater Rescue Hospital and Aquarium it becomes apparent the financial state of the hospital is in worse shape than she is. The land the aquarium sits on is of such value that the only way a mountain of red ink can be erased is by relocating all of the animals and selling out. Greed wasn't even good on Wall Street I think we universally agree on this , and when it comes to humanitarian causes its worse! It looks as if an infirm dolphin who no other aquarium will take is down for the count. Then something I liken to God's hand intervenes. Winter's story hits the internet and the news media sparking what can only be called the best in humanity. Not only that, but for scores of people, particularly children, who suffer from devastating physical injuries Winter becomes an inspiration to overcome their infirmities. I can't help but feel reasons such as this is why we are here and when we rise to the occasion of loving and caring for one another then the ugly stuff can't get a foothold.I'm 52 years old, far from being a youngster, and I say this movie is great. It celebrates what we can do when we are humble, putting even poor creatures above our own needs. Charles Martin Smith has created one of the purest family movies that both entertains and sends a message I have ever seen. I applaud his screen writing, direction, and braveness in bringing together a good cast to tell this uplifting story.
I rarely rate films. This one I had to. Despite all minor shortcomings related to making, scripts, whatever...this is a truly inspirational heart warming movie that will appeal to everyone. This is based on a true story of Winter, the handicapped dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. While at points you may find the story or making of the film geared towards the younger audience in particular, the message delivered is universal. If you have the slightest sympathy towards the marine life or the environment this film will touch your heart. I have enjoyed it and I believe most of you will. <more>
This is the true story of the people who helped save a dolphin whose tail was caught in a crab trap and a dolphin who, in return, was able to lift the spirits of all the people who have crossed her path. I challenge anyone to see the movie and not feel that the world is just a little better when humans show compassion for animals and allow the animal kingdom to return the favor.***SPOILER WARNING***Just a heads up so you can make an informed decision about whether it is OK for young children: one character serves in the Army and comes back from the Middle East with an injury to his spine and <more>
leg. I thought the issue was dealt with compassionately and in an age-appropriate manner considering the movie is PG, but I could see how that character might generate some angst for an especially sensitive kid. The movie does end happily and is overwhelmingly positive throughout.
Top of my mind was how Winter the dolphin, which this film is inspired by and telling the story of its remarkable rehabilitation at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, had to act as herself and go through what would be a traumatic incident involving a crab net being entangled around her body, which caused the lack of blood circulation at its tail and its eventual amputation. It's no fun for a human actor to go through that especially if to tell his own story involving the loss of a limb, and I suppose for an animal it's no fun as well. Which is why there's a growing concern about the <more>
welfare of dolphins that's gaining momentum post The Cove, and seriously with the animal's natural smile you may think that everything's A-OK.But I digress. If anything, Dolphin Tale serves up a counter point for aquariums to exist, if not for human intervention to rescue the dolphin when it was being beached, then to rehabilitate and the pooling of available resources to think out of the box and provide a solution to what would be life threatening since it involves the using of existing body structures to adapt for the absence of the crucial tail, but in doing so will result in permanent damage leading to death due to its unnatural movement. Enough scenes like these to tug at your heartstrings, especially since Winter the dolphin, like any other dolphin, comes across as intelligent, playful, and blessed with that adorable look that will delight any kid who's here to watch this film, which ironically will translate to increased demands for dolphin aquariums.Directed by Charles Martin Smith who has experience in directing another animal-kid buddy show in Air Bud, Dolphin Tale is extremely family friendly with its themes of courage and family ties, with nary a swear word uttered and plenty of feel good moments inserted. In some ways it is the true life story about Winter the Dolphin that inspires and gives strength to those who are at the crossroads of denial and acceptance, especially with a limb loss. To say it's not easy to cope is an understatement, but as far as rehabilitation goes, it's no wonder how the dolphin was able to show others that life still goes on, and allowed a little bit of advanced research to go into prosthetics making.As much as we learn from animals, they learn from us humans too, and for the fortunate few who could get into close proximity to rub off some of the positive aspects and optimism into life. It's a story here about the Haskett and the Nelson family, with each side facing a loss of a family member, and how through Winter they bond in most unexpected ways. Nathan Gamble plays Sawyer, an introverted boy who would grow to get out of his shell thanks to his finding of Winter and the zeal to want to make her better, now under the care of Dr Clay Haskett Harry Connick Jr and his young daughter Hazel Cozi Zuehlsdorff . And the cast of Ashley Judd who plays Nathan's mom, Kris Kristofferson as Hazel's granddad, and Morgan Freeman as Dr Cameron McCarthy who got roped in by Sawyer to assist pro-bono in applying his expertise in prosthetics to design something for the dolphin, all add in the star factor of the film, although it is the kid actors who adequately carry the weight of this film on their shoulders.While the film doesn't throw up any surprises since the trailer would have shown the outcome, and if you were to do research you would chance upon the website of Winter the Dolphin and of Clearwater Marine Aquarium, it still worked plenty of wonders in knowing just where to reach out within you and amplify some heartwarming emotions. Stay tuned during the end credits to witness the actual video footage of the amazing rescue and rehabilitation of Winter.
A very inspirational movie (by vitor-fernandes1983)
As a movie in general, I would rate this lower, as a family movie, it's a 7. The acting is not so bad, could be worse for this kind of movie, the story couldn't be much different as it is a based on a true story. I am just impressed that I actually enjoyed the movie, it's rare of me to enjoy a family/kids movie, it's a feel good movie and it brought up many emotions within me. I'm writing this on Christmas day, and have already recommended this to the family, as I think it is the perfect Christmas movie, a very inspirational movie. No, Christmas is not just about Santa <more>
Claus. Not much more to say about the movie, I'm sure if you have a heart, you'll enjoy it. If you liked this one you might like Mr Poppers Penguins as well.