Dolphin Tale Leaps into Theaters

Grade                 A

MPAA Rating  Rated PG

Starring             Nathan Gamble, Winter the Dolphin, Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Cozi Zuehlsdorff

Genre                  Drama

Dolphin Tale is such a sweet, wholesome, heartfelt movie. Kids will love it, adults will love it. The intelligent, playful, adorable dolphins will bring back the child in all of us. It’s not too soppy, but it still can bring the softhearted to tears.

Inspired by the story of an amazing dolphin named Winter, Dolphin Tale tells the friendship between a boy, Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and Winter, a bottle-nosed dolphin. Sawyer befriends Winter when she is caught in a crab trap, and is devastated when Winter’s tail is amputated due to a lack of blood circulation. Dr. McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) tries over and over again to invent a comfortable prosthetic tail for Winter. Winter and Sawyer’s hope and determination inspire everyone around them including many child amputees.

The two child actors, Nathan Gamble (Sawyer) and co-star Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Hazel will charm your heart. They both really brought out the theme that “Family is forever”, and refuse to abandon Winter when there seems to be no way. And of course, Winter as herself is amazing. Winter’s personality is so bright, bubbly, intelligent and playful  . To see a boy and a dolphin swim is already breathtaking enough. It brings to life the bond that they have.

Dolphin Tale will inspire and bring hope to so many around the world. My eyes filled up with tears when a child who had lost her leg visited Winter, who gently swished her stub, almost saying, “I’m just like you.” For me, the most poignant moment was at the end, where they showed actual videos of child and adult amputees interacting and snuggling with Winter.  It is so uplifting and inspirational. No wonder Dan Strzempka, who develops prosthetics, concludes, “She’s actually done more for us than we could have ever done for her.”

The 3D really adds to the beautiful underwater moments where Sawyer interacts and plays with Winter. While it is definitely worth it to see Dolphin Tale in 3D, nothing will be taken away if seen in 2D.

This is a movie that is worth watching over and over again. Families will absolutely enjoy it. I raise my glass to Charles Martin Smith, the director, to thank him for making such a pure, inspirational, uplifting movie. So many have been encouraged by Winter since the release of Dolphin Tale, and to top it all off there is no profanity, no inappropriate jokes, no out-of-place character. Hurry and catch the tide as Dolphin Tale rides into theaters on September 23, 2011! Ages 6+

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Movie Review by Jeremy

Dolphin Tale is a fascinating movie. Winter, the dolphin, gets caught in a crab net. Her tail is too infected, so it has to be amputated. A boy named Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) finds the dolphin. The Clearwater Marine Hospital people come and bring Winter to the Marine Hospital to try and save the dolphin. Every day, Sawyer comes and helps Winter eat, drink and play with her.

Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) tries to put on a prosthetic tail so Winter can swim better. Winter keeps on kicking it off every time they put artificial tail on her. It takes a lot of attempts before they discover the one that Winter will not reject.

This movie is a heartwarming and touching movie. Dolphin Tale is very clean and has no bad words in it. The scene that touched me the most is when the little girl with no leg and her mother drove 8 hours just to see Winter. I heard my sister crying in some parts in the movie. This movie is fantastic for kids to watch.

The acting is great and I really like every part of this movie. It is very inspiring, uplifting and is sure to bring tears to your eyes. I think this is a great movie for all ages. I rate this movie 5 out of 5. This movie is a Pick!


About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on September 24, 2011, in Movie Reviews, Star Rapture Blog and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. As always, Cassie, excellent article! This movie is definitely on my must-see list :)

  2. Great review Cassie. Can’t wait to see this movie.

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