Dolphin Tale 2

Drama,Family

Morgan Freeman stars in this expectedly worthwhile sequel Discuss this article

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With stricken dolphin Winter re-homed in a Florida aquarium and fitted with a life-saving prosthetic fin, you’d think the story had peaked in the original movie, but this unexpected sequel offers a worthwhile follow-up. When her older dolphin companion passes away, a depressed Winter turns aggressive towards faithful teenage handler Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), but there are more serious consequences, since government regulations forbid dolphins to be housed alone. Aquarium chief Clay (Harry Connick Jr.) must find her a new partner or face closing down the whole operation.

Laying out the challenges of preserving wildlife within a commercially viable context gives the movie dramatic ballast for grown-ups, leaving the friendly dolphin action to keep the younger ones content. Meanwhile, a teenage romantic undertow between Gamble and the boss’s daughter (Cozi Zuelsdorff) caters to older siblings. It’s all very capably done, despite often clunky dialogue and untaxing roles for marquee names Morgan Freeman (wise scientist) and Ashley Judd (smiley mum). Clearly, though, this is creditable family fare – less an ersatz Hollywood confection than a cannily packaged true story, as underlined by end-titles footage of a real Florida aquarium.

By Trevor Johnston
Time Out Doha,

Dolphin Tale 2

  • Duration: 107
  • Released: Thu, 02 Oct
  • Classification: G
  • Language: English
  • Director: Charles Martin Smith
  • Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble

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