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"
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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 ›
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I was very pleased with the movie!! Delivery was late but much to my surprise they made a special Sunday delivery!!! So all was good!!!Published 2 months ago by Susan Walters
Watched with a Grandson and we both thought this movie was really a neat way to learn about what folks can do if they wanted to.Published 4 months ago by Gdom
Great story about family; caring about family as well as animals... Fun, friends, values... Strong, young, female role model for young girls! Good story line.Published 4 months ago by Sandy P
At this point, we must assume Willy either loves captivity or he's an attention seeking wh0re.Published 5 months ago by Reasonable Man
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