DOLPHIN TALE 2 DVD (2014)
SYNOPSIS: The inspiring tale of Winter isn't over. Several years after receiving a prosthetic tail, Winter loses her surrogate mother, leaving her alone, grieving and unwilling to engage with anyone even her best human friend Sawyer. Worse, she may have to be moved from her home at the aquarium due to regulations requiring dolphins to be paired. When Dr. Clay Haskett and his dedicated team can't find her a companion, it looks like they may lose their beloved Winter...until an unexpected turn of events bring them hope.
There’s always a dolphin movie for every generation. The people from Generation Y probably remember Flipper, a 1996 movie that stars a very young Elijah Wood. Generation Z has the best of both worlds. Not only they have Dolphin Tale, they even get a sequel called Dolphin Tale 2 within a span of three years!
Winter, the lovable dolphin with a prosthetic tail is back and this time round, she finds herself isolated and depressed after the death of her companion, Panama. In the meantime, her savior and human friend, Sawyer is pondering over a chance to attend a prestigious program at Boston. Without a suitable companion, Winter is require by law to be transfer to another aquarium in Texas. Will Winter be able to continue her stay at the Clearwater Marine Hospital (CMA) in the end and will Sawyer leave for his studies?
As in the first movie, Dolphin Tale 2 is an inspiring, meaningful drama for everyone in the family especially kids. Children will generally be in awe by the beautiful underwater-filmed sequences of the dolphins. There’s even a turtle and a pretty well trained for the camera Pelican. It’s kind of hard to tell if digital enhancements have been done to the dolphins’ expressions etc during post-production but Winter seems to be a much better actress than many of her human counterparts in other movies.
Dolphin Tale 2 can be very much uneventful and slow moving for the most part. That’s because screenwriter and director Charles Martin Smith is adhering to the true-life events in which the sequel is based on. The most exciting moment in the movie happens when the center receives news of a young injured dolphin being send to CMA. Other than that, there are some awkward romance bits between the two adolescences, Sawyer and Hazel, (daughter of the owner of CMA) that are best left on cutting floor.
Though mostly are back for mere brief moments, very much everyone from Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman returns for the sequel. Dolphin Tale 2 is highly recommended for it’s educational value. If you have young kids at home, you know who this sequel is for.
TThe cast and filmmakers talk about the real-life events that inspired the sequel in Dolphin Tale 2: True Story.
The DVD offers an overall decent soundtrack and the visual presentation is generally sharp and for lack of a better word, decent.
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Review by Linus Tee