A Dolphin Tale (My Review)

An Essay By Lucy Anne // 10/1/2012

A summary taken from the internet:

“Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter's prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle—a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world. The real Winter, who plays herself in "Dolphin Tale," today serves as a symbol of courage, perseverance and hope to millions of people—both able and disabled—who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.”

(may be spoilers!)

For three days in March, my homeschool friends and I were taking the Iowa Standardized tests together and after all the tests were completed, we all went to my library to watch "A Dolphin Tale" that was playing for free. This is my review.

The positives:

This movie’s theme music was absolutely beautiful, thrilling, and sea-ish. It made me want to memorize the whole piece all at once and play it on the piano. The sea animals (dolphins, school of fish) made the music even more beautiful. Their glorious leaps from the ocean and into the air and back again added to the beauty and simplicity of this movie…even though there is a great chance that they were computerized.

I don’t like to watch a 2 hour movie and feel as if I could have spent my time better. (But since I don’t watch much TV, especially we don’t have cable or the antennae, I haven’t had that feeling come to me much.) So I appreciated the fact that there were no unnecessary scenes. All scenes linked together in importance.

Where the story mainly took place, the Marine hospital was fantastic and it nearly made me want to visit one. The music helped a lot too. The story line was believably realistic and it was good to know that it is based on a true story.

As a homeschooler, I was so surprised that I almost fell out of my seat when the secondary main character said that she was homeschooled. My friends and I looked at each other and smiled knowingly. I was so glad. I also thought that it was neat.

Now for the negatives:

The language in this movie was good, excluding words like ‘gosh’ and a few other words on that same level. But there is some very, very minor disrespectful talk from the son to the mom at the middle of this movie. But it was so minor that I am not going to take points off it. Also, there are some disobedience from the main character such as skipping school and lying about it.

While watching this movie, you must keep in mind that this is not a Christian production and so character’s actions may not be satisfactory sometimes.

No scary scenes, but there were a few scenes that made you jump in fright (a seagull that pops out of nowhere, etc) but it never crossed limits.

The costumes…well, let’s just say that they didn’t really suit my tastes. Ladies’ shirts were too low cut, skirts too short, and jeans too tight.

But overall, the movie was thrilling, the music ethereally creative, the characters relatable, and the storyline realistic. I loved it.

Out of five stars, I give this movie, “A Dolphin Tale”… a satisfied four.



Good review. I actually thought, when I saw this title, that it'd be written in a more formal way, if you get what I mean? But the way you wrote it was very informal, and I liked that. Something different, for a change!!

"...even though there is a great chance that they were computerized."

I liked this bit, but I think it would sound better if you wrote "even though there (was) a great chance that..."

It sounds like a enjoyable movie. I love it when a movie mentions homeschoolers! :D

P.S. I noticed that you said "The language in this movie was good, excluding words like ‘gosh’ ." Please, may I ask out of curiosity, what do find wrong with that word? No pressure, just out of curiosity. :D

Maddi | Mon, 10/01/2012

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh

Thanks, Maddi! The word

Thanks, Maddi!

The word "gosh" is not wrong. I just wouldn't say it because it's kind of close to taking the Lord's name in vain...but it's not. And I said "The language in this movie was good, excluding words like ‘gosh’ ." not because I'm trying to state that that is wrong, but because I know people who think that is wrong. And I am writing for people who might want to know beforehand what this movie's about--what to be prepared for and what not to be prepared for. :)

Lucy Anne | Mon, 10/01/2012

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome! ;) Oh okay, cool.

Welcome! ;)

Oh okay, cool. Yes, it does come very close, so when people say "Oh my gosh!" you have to listen carefully (or if you're the one saying it, pronounce it properly) otherwise it does sound like "Oh my God" which is taking the Lord's Name in vain. Makes you cringe when people say it, doesn't it? :)

Maddi | Tue, 10/02/2012

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh


Replying to your comment on my blog: I can't remember many of the essays I've read here, but these four of mine have a thesis and supporting arguments. They're not really analysis - I have some from my last two years of high school that look at aspects such as theme, characters, etc. - that I can email you if you want.
These are the four on Apricotpie:

Kyleigh | Tue, 10/02/2012


Thank you!! I think you know my parents' email since I commented on your blog...so if you want to, you can email it to their account and I will read it. Thanks again!

Lucy Anne | Tue, 10/02/2012

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I enjoyed this movie :)

I enjoyed this movie :) admittedly, I'm a movie buff, so I spend much time watching them, lol. I disagree slightly that bad points included the disrespectfulness to his mom and the skipping school. I felt like that was part of the character development and of he were a perfect child it wouldn't have been quite as interesting. Good review!!

E | Tue, 10/16/2012

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond


Thanks Erin!

I was just saying that there are some disrespect and skipping school but that doesn't mean that I thought it shouldn't be there.But I agree, if he wasn't a perfect child, it wouldn't have been that interesting. And then if he was a perfect child, his mom wouldn't have got upset and you wouldn't see her change as well in the movie. So good point. :)

Lucy Anne | Thu, 10/18/2012

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson


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