As a member of Warner Home Video super exclusive Blu-Ray Elite team, I get access to some of the greatest movies ever made. My mission is to give you how these movies fit in the life of a Dad.
Movie: A Dolphin’s Tale
Based on the true story of Winter, an injured dolphin is saved by a boy and which in turn ultimately saves the Animal Hospital that nursed her to heath as well as touch the lives of the families that saved her. While there are some differences between the movie and in real life, after consulting Wikipedia I found that the differences are pretty negligible, which is pretty rare. In most cases, it seems like film studios tend to sugar up the stories to make them more interesting to audiences. Ultimately, it ends up that the story is so distorted that other than the title they have nothing in relation to the actual real life stories that spawned the film. It is pretty crazy that A Dolphin’s Tale didn’t need major modification considering all the things that happened in the film.
Dad Factor: Low. The movie is good enough to watch once, especially with luminaries such as Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd (together once again since their Kiss the Girls days). After that, the sugary sweetness (which makes it great for family and kids) just is too much.
Kid Factor: High. The story is heartwarming, has no violence and for the most part kept the kids attention. It helps that the movie revolves around dolphins and other kids which seems to be able to keep children’s attentions better than watching adults.
Date Factor: Low. This is more of an entire family type of movie.
Cool Blu-Ray Features: Features a nice animated feature called The Hutash Rainbow Bridge narrated by Harry Connick Jr. In addition, there is a behind the scenes look at the real Winter and her home in Florida as well as the real story that the movie was based on. Finally there is another animated short film starring a pig called Ormie that the boys enjoyed immensely.
Bottom Line: This was a fine movie for the family, considering how little quality family films out now this is saying something, though I found myself more interested in the Blu Ray extras than the film itself.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the movie on Blu-Ray for my participation in the Warner Brothers Blu-Ray elite program. These are my unbiased opinions.