Disclaimer: I received complimentary admission to preview Dolphin Tale 2 as a Dolphin Tale 2 Ambassador, regardless, all opinions are my own.
After meeting Winter and Hope, I was even more excited to preview Dolphin Tale 2! Winter’s story is amazing and she greatly helped the CMA from closing. If you haven’t already, please watch Dolphin Tale, so you can learn Winter’s story. Dolphin Tale 2 was not a planned sequel, so it is not a drawn out tale of Winter. It is a real story that had a part two.
In Dolphin Tale 2, Winter faces a whole new challenge. She loses her surrogate mom. Winter gets depressed and doesn’t even connect with Sawyer, her best human friend. Since it is against the law for female dolphins to be in a tank alone, either the Clearwater Marine Aquarium must find another tank mate or Winter has to leave. Everyone desperately wants Mandy, the newly rescued dolphin, to be Winter’s new tank mate. Everyone hopes Mandy is their answer. The goal of the aquarium though is rescue, rehabilitate, and release.
You meet Sawyer and Hazel in Dolphin Tale and see them grow up in Dolphin Tale 2. Hazel, played by Cozi Zuehlsdorff, must make a tough decision,one that shows her growing maturity and strong spirit. During my interview with Cozi Zuehlsdorff, she shared that Hazel’s character is someone she admires because of her bluntness and strength. In real life Cozi is now a spokesperson for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Hazel isn’t the only character we see grow up. Sawyer, played by Nathan Gamble learns a valuable lesson in this movie as well. I love how the lesson is taught. The lesson is taught by Dr. Cameron McCarthy, played by Morgan Freeman. The lesson Sawyer learns is something we all need to learn. I am not going to give it away, but it is good!
Rufus returns in Dolphin Tale 2. He is just as quirky, but finds a new friend that the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is able to help rescue! Rufus provides lots of laughs, which is good because the movie has a few sad parts. \
My favorite part of the movie was in the credits. During Gavin DeGraw’s song, you see some actual footage of the rescues and pictures of people with disabilities who have visited Winter. Winter’s story has inspired so many people!
I give Dolphin Tale 2 5/5 stars.
One of the best parts of my Dolphin Tale 2 weekend was meeting Harry Conic Jr.!!! I think he is more gorgeous in person than screen shows him. He is funny and you can tell he really cares about the mission of the aquarium and the impact Winter’s story has made in the live’s of disabled people. Another thing I like about Harry Conic Jr. is his good taste, one of his favorite local restaurants is also mine- Casa Tina’s! It is a great Mexican place in Dunedin, Florida. On the weekends they have acrobats that perform while you eat.