I was sent a review copy of Dolphin Tales for the family to review. This was a good movie for families.
Here is what everyone had to say:
Although this movie had no obvious Christian message, it certainly did not have anything in opposition to our faith. That is very important to me. The movie is about a boy who helps rescue a dolphin which subsequently lost it’s tail. Through many trials and turns, the story has a typical feel-good ending. Although I found the film predictable, the children enjoyed it lot. It had a lot of great actors in it: Harry Connick Jr, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Kris Kristopherson. The true stars of the film were two children played by Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorf, who plays a home schooled young lady with a sweet spirit and quick smile. Throughout the film you learn that the main character struggles with a father who walked out five years earlier so this theme element may be one you want to avoid if you have younger children. The young lady in the film likewise lost her mother to death a few years earlier, so their common pain seems to help the children form a bond that helps them both heal. Although these elements brought the children together, they were not a huge focus in the film, for which I was thankful. Here is what the children had to say:
David: Age 6 “It was awesome. I would give it five stars. My favorite part was where the blender blew food all over the place because the kids forget the lid.”
Anne Mary: Age 11 “I thought it was pretty good. I would give it four stars. I am kinda into the animal rescue thing, so that was my favorite part. the beginning part was too predictable.”
Sarah: Age 13 ” I liked it a lot. I thought it was very well done, a very cute movie. I liked how they used the real Winter (the dolphin) in the movie. I thought the way they portrayed the characters was really fun. Two thumbs up. 5 stars.”
So, there you have it. All the kids enjoyed it. I liked it as well. It was a safe, positive film for the whole family.