Written February 20, 2012
This was much better than anticipated. It was a bit corny in parts, but overall it was very entertaining and educational and held the interest of my 7-year old girl, 11-year old and 14-year old boys. The older two didn't even want to see it and afterwards they were glad they did.
Written February 05, 2012
I went in thinking this was going to be one of my favorite genre, feel good nature movies. While this true story is amazing, that it was a turning point in history for world awareness of the other denizens of our planet, I think Hollywood hurt the true sensitivity. I may be a snob but if Ted Danson is a major character, along with Drew Barrymore, my negative commercial radar goes up. The dialogue is predictable. The romances and transitions are also handled so tritely, you could practically recite them.
There are some cute comic moments, but I don't think this movie should have been intentionally cute, or the romances emphasized. The p
The whales and their story are the real stars. No hype. The Eskimo grandfather is the best performance in the film.
For the whales, for the Eskimo tribe, this is a film worth seeing, particularly for kids and adults who don't remember the story well enough.
Written February 04, 2012
I took my two grandsons ages 11 and 6 and the three of us totally enjoyed the movie. The 11 year old was totally into asking questions of the "old days" when Ronald Reagan was president.
Written February 05, 2012
Yeah, so I thought I was seeing a family movie about whales being rescued, and instead was suckered into another political scheme of the radical left in this country. Weak minds beware.
Worst movie I've seen in the last 10 years....Drew Barrymore at her best...I mean worst! Could have been a great movie, but was ruined by politics, of course. Election year for sure.
Written February 06, 2012
I vaguely remember when this story was making headlines in real life. This movie was the usual "save the animals" heartwarming story and I enjoyed it. However, I did notice the political implications. There was a blatant message that only the "Greenpeace lady" was unselfishly trying to help the whales. And even her motivations could be seen as a little self-serving as it was pointed out that donations to her organization had sky-rocketed since the dilema of the whales had become a national story. It was nice to see the whales escape an icy grave and head on down to their usual migratory destination of Baja, California. But I couldn't help thinking that these very same whales would migrate back to Alaska in the summer and quite possibly end up as the "harvest" for the very same natives that helped to free them!!! That ironic point was NOT made in the movie, but, just saying........