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Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove [Blu-ray]
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Fans of the Free Willy series will cheer this exciting family film about a baby orca who needs a friend and a girl who finds the courage to help him. After young Kirra (Bindi Irwin) leaves her Australian home to summer with her grandfather (Beau Bridges) in South Africa, she soon discovers a baby orca stranded in the lagoon near her grandfather's rundown seaside amusement park. She names the lonely whale Willy – and embarks on a quest to lead the little guy back to his anxious pod before her grandfather's greedy rival turns Willy into a captive, moneymaking attraction at his slick theme park. A little girl, a little orca and big, big fun and adventure!]]>
Bindi Irwin and Willy invite all to "Meet My Wild Co-Stars"
Bindi's First Movie Video Diary
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I am defintely going to buy it, and on blu-ray, so I get the highest quality, and so I can see the bonus features, because the one I rented didn't have any on there.
Unfortunately, this movie drowns in a badly-written script, and too many slow and unnecessary scenes.
Spoiler Alert -- if you haven't yet seen the movie, I'm about to give much of it away.
The premise is predictable -- Kirra's dad is hurt and he ships her to Africa to spend some time with her grandfather while he heals. There she finds her grandfather seems a bit of a slacker. He sends someone else to the airport to pick her up because he's gambling. He owns a rundown amusement park that's getting its butt kicked by the movie's bad guy, who owns a super cool amusement park on the other side of town.
After a storm, a baby orca is stuck in the lagoon outside the amusement park. Kirra befriends it and names it Willy. I enjoyed seeing Bindi's Kirra interact with the whale -- even if it obviously was a fake whale. I think Bindi is a good actress. I hope that next time we see her, it's in a better movie than this.
The bad guy amusement park guy wants to buy the orca.
As mentioned earlier, the pacing was slow. My easily entertained daughter often was bored. At one point she said, "I hope something good happens soon." I pushed the "skip to next scene" button several times (was either that or stop watching). The new scene would begin and we'd find we hadn't missed anything important.
One big problem was that the "Kirra helping her grandfather realize and reach his potential" storyline was not fully developed.
And the CG was awful!Read more ›
The story is quick-moving and fun-spirited. Bindi is a young girl from Australia whose father gets hurt in an accident. She is forced to go spend six weeks in Capetown, South Africa, with her estranged grandfather, the father of her deceased mother. Beau Bridges plays his role well, giving it a few moments of goofiness and some heartfelt scenes. He and his granddaughter do not hit it off right away. In fact, he is a gambling, unmotivated fellow who runs a downtrodden theme park. A storm brings the theme park an unexpected surprise, though, in the form of a young Orca. "Willy" becomes the catalyst for a granddaughter/grandfather relationship, as well as the source of rivalry and conflict from a bigger, better theme park.
The movie has some funny moments and some incredible scenery from the Capetown area. Beau and Bindi give the film a lot of heart. There are one or two slapstick moments, but overall it remains focused on its young female star and her desire to care for animals even while winning over her crusty, but good-natured grandpa. The only real weakness is the use of simulated underwater Orca scenes. They might work well in an aquarium presentation, but they don't do well in a film. And they seemed unnecessary, considering the very real Orca used throughout the movie.
I was pleasantly surprised by "Free Will: Escape from Pirate's Cove.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At this point, we must assume Willy either loves captivity or he's an attention seeking wh0re.Published 2 days ago by Reasonable Man
My daughter livres and has watched it several times. She is a big fan of Ms Irwen and killer whales.Published 1 month ago by Damon L.
My 6 year old loves it and I do not mind having to listen to it in the background. I am a fan of BindiPublished 4 months ago by csu21287
Very cute movie goes along with the Free Willy series does have another Orca but still very cute great family moviePublished 5 months ago by bev popenoe
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