Dolphin Tale Review

Based on a true story, Dolphin Tale is a 2011 family drama film and is directed by Charles Martin Smith. The movie is great and it’s really a movie for the whole family. It is also fun and at the same time very emotional. The movie emphasizes the value of family and the importance of it. Helping the disabled is also one of the messages of the movie, as well as helping animals in need. Compassion and being helpful to one another are the values shown in this movie as well. The story is good surprisingly speaking. Basically, Sawyer finds a stranded dolphin and with a help of an older person, they called the marine rescuers and they were able to save the young dolphin. The rescuers were able to save the dolphin but the infection in the tail is sever, so they need to amputate it. They named the dolphin, Winter. Winter is in rehabilitation, but seems too weak or “depressed”, so she doesn’t eat well. Sawyer, came to visit the Marine Shelter secretly, until being discovered by the Doctor’s daughter. Too make a long story short, Sawyer was able to help treat Winter even though he’s not a member of the animal care group, because Winter responds to Sawyer well. The Doctor noticed that and so the story goes on. I won’t spoil anything from here on, if you want more information, watch the movie.


The movie is indeed fun, and you’ll experience a cleverly told story. It may even surprise you. A lot of people didn’t expect much from this movie, but in the end they were able to have fun and immerse themselves with the story. Plus, Morgan Freeman is in this movie as well, now we all know if Morgan Freeman is in a movie, even though the movie may not be as good as it is, Morgan Freeman’s presence makes it a little worth the time, but that’s not to say that this movie is not good at all. In fact, the movie will entertain you from start to end. It’s a family movie, so expect some cheesy lines too.

The music is great as well. The end part song “Safe” by Westlife, fits the bill. The overall score by Mark Isham adds a nice touch to the movie too. If you love dolphins, or any marine animal, then you’ll love this move. You’ll also enjoy the “warm” feel of this movie, and like I said, this teaches us important values in life. Having a movie explain the value of family is indeed very welcome, and this shows a good example to younger viewers as well. If you haven’t watched this movie, I suggest you do, and watch it with your family. It’s definitely time worth spent.

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