Last week, Warner Bros. sent me a Blu-Ray copy Dolphin Tale to watch and review. The movie follows the true story of Winter, a dolphin rescued off the coast of Florida who ends up having to have her tail amputated. As she heals at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which is in the process of possibly being sold/shutdown, she learns how to swim with a side-to-side motion. However, it begins to cause damage to her spine since it’s an unnatural movement for a dolphin. Sawyer, the boy her found her and has been helping take care of her, gets the idea of creating a prosthetic tail after visiting his cousin at the VA Hospital. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy, they develop a tale, but Winter rejects it…smashing it in the process. Will they be able to come up with a tale that Winter can wear and save the aquarium?
The movie came out a few years ago, and I had never seen it until now. It was very good and my daughter absolutely loved it. There are a lot of funny moments, and Winter’s story is very touching and amazing. The movie covers a wide range of topics, including dealing with traumatic injuries & loss. The main character, Sawyer, had been having issues for several years due to his father abandoning his family. Working with Winter helped give him something to focus on and interacting with another family dealing with loss (Dr. Haskett’s wife had passed away) also seemed to help bring him out of his shell.
We absolutely loved all the scenes with Rufus causing mayhem. We also liked the footage at the end of the movie showing Winter’s rescue and recovery, the design process of the prosthetic tail, and all of the people visiting the aquarium to see her.
Overall, it’s a great family movie and makes a great stocking stuffer. It’s available wherever movies are sold. You can find out more about Winter by visiting the See Winter site, and you can get more info about the movie at the Dolphin Tale site.
I received the above mentioned movie for free to help facilitate my review.