Although she was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and fitted with a prosthetic tail to help her swim, Winter the dolphin’s life takes a turn for the complicated when her companion dolphin dies. It’s against US law to have a dolphin without company in an aquarium, so the staff of the aquarium must find a new friend for Winter before she is moved to a new home.
Dolphin Tale was not really a great movie, what it was though, was a little overly sweet but somehow engaging story of a dolphin who overcame the odds to survive after she lost her tail. Dolphin Tale 2 is a film along similar lines, but this time the story is less about the animal, and more about the people around her.
Most of the cast of the first film have returned; Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Harry Connick Jr all reprise their roles in a story about learning to find where we belong in life, and learning to take risks.
The story, based on true events, and written by director Charles Martin Smith does err on the side of the super sweet, but there is something endearing underneath all the schmaltz, even if the danger the characters find themselves in never truly feels as though it is going to threaten the humans that much. Add to that a protective pelican and an undecided teen who may or may not be in love with another teen and the stage is set for a thin but surprisingly engaging story.
As director, Charles Martin Smith manages to blend together the stories of the dolphins and the humans quite well and, although the pacing never truly gets going, the film is warm and sweet.
Dolphin Tale 2 is exactly the film you would expect if you have seen Dolphin Tale. If you haven’t, be prepared for some slightly angsty teens, endearing dolphins and some truly terrible CG balloons. Dolphin Tale 2 is completely inoffensive, and so sweet you may leave the cinema with a toothache. Kids will probably love it though.