After our tour of Clearwater Marine Aquarium almost two weeks ago, (read my post here), we were lucky enough to go to an advanced private screening of Dolphin Tale 2. I was excited, and so was my company for the day, Autumn. Not only did she have a blast at the aquarium, but she was on the local news! Bay News 9 stopped by the hotel before our visit to the aquarium to talk to bloggers and I guess my niece and I were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when the reporter and camera man walked in. Autumn was not shy at all and loved every minute of telling them how she had been waiting to see Winter and Hope since she was 5. And oh by the way, she’s 6 now. Click here for the full story….
(Courtesy of Bay News 9)
Dolphin Tale 2 picks up a couple years after the first one left off. Hazel and Sawyer are both a huge part of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium along side Hazel’s dad, Dr. Clay Haskett as they care for Winter. After Winter’s companion and surrogate mother Panama passes away, Winter becomes withdrawn. Facing a transfer to another facility, they then learn of Hope, a very young dolphin who is rescued and brought to the aquarium for care. It is their hope that they can pair the two together. This is met with some struggle though, as Hope is afraid of and doesn’t understand Winter’s prosthetic tail. After much love and care, the two unite.
I loved Dolphin Tale and getting to know the characters. Hazel and Sawyer were very young and we were getting to know Dr. Haskett and the staff of the aquarium who helped with the care of Winter. In Dolphin Tale 2, Hazel and Sawyer have grown up and blossomed into wonderful young adults, wise beyond their years. They both have an incredible bond with the Winter and eventually Hope, and care for all of the seal life that comes in. This includes a sea turtle they rescue and eventually release, and Rufus, the pelican who makes the aquarium his home.
I love the bond between the characters in Dolphin Tale 2. I also love the amazing scenery of Clearwater, where I have lived for almost 23 years. And I love all of the local references in the film. But mostly I love the actors portrayal of the characters. Harry Connick Jr. is perfect for Dr. Clay Haskett, as are Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff for Sawyer and Hazel. Morgan Freeman resumes his role as Dr. McCarthy and Ashley Judd plays Sawyer’s mom Lorraine wonderfully. It is also a treat to see Bethany Hamilton as herself. In addition to the cast, my love of dolphins has also grown after learning more about Hope and Winter.
If you saw the first movie, you must see the second movie. If you haven’t seen the first yet, rent it now and go see Dolphin Tale 2 when it comes out September 12. My niece and I enjoyed it so much. Not to give away anything, but there is real life footage at the end of the movie is so wonderful, the true meaning of the movie. It was incredibly touching.
I also had the pleasure of sitting next to a very nice man at the screening. His name was Miles and he was there with his wife. He works at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and was hoping to see himself on the big screen. He was definitely in the movie! Both Mile and his wife were excited to see him and it was fun to see that myself.
I’ll leave you with a little bit of movie trivia that I find so incredibly interesting. The night of the wrap party for Dolphin Tale was the night that Hope was rescued. The crew was still there and just start taping it. How amazing is that? And what incredible timing…
Dolphin Tale 2 opens September 12 at your local theaters. Will you go and see it?