5.0 out of 5 stars Screw 5 Stars!!! I give it as many stars there are OUT THERE
10 Years ago, i was only five years old, and should of done what most 5 year olds do. But THIS MOVIE CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER!!!!!! THIS MOVIE CHANGES LIVES!!! I remember the first time i sat down and watched it, and i was HOOKED, it think i watched if 4 or 5 times that day. Now, 1m 15 years old, and yes, i still watch this movie EVERYDAY ( i am not lieing, ask my...
Published on Jan 27 2003 by Dana
3.0 out of 5 stars If you take it as fantasy...
The odd thing about Free Willy is that it's a film which makes money using a captive animal to do tricks--and it's about the evils of capturing animals to do tricks for money. The film came out at the same time as and with the same mentality of its partner-in-ideology Jurassic Park (using technology to make money by condemning the use of technology to make money).
Published on Jan 14 2004 by S. Carter
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5.0 out of 5 stars Screw 5 Stars!!! I give it as many stars there are OUT THERE,
2.0 out of 5 stars i expected something more,but young kids will probably like it,
well made and all,but i found it dangerously close to being boring at
times.it is pretty slow.the scenes with the whale(s)were nice
though.and the there are some pretty touching moments.i didn't find the
movie had a lot of realism to it though.the way some of the things
happened just didn't ring true.but,i guess the biggest problem i had
was there wasn't really much sense of adventure,and the movie isn't
really fun.however,if you are looking for a movie the whole family can
watch,this might be it.most kids will probably be entertained,and
adults will be happy there is something their kids can watch.but for
me,Free Willy is a 2/5
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family film,
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Family Entertainment (Good For The Grownups, Too),
Jesse's life takes a turn for the better when he encounters Willy, a giant orca, at a marine park nearby. Jesse's fascination with the whale leads to an emotional bond based, at least in part, on their similar circumstances. Willy misses his mother and, like Jesse, tends to 'act out' once in a while.
I saw "Free Willy" in 1993 when it was released in theatres. I remembered agreeing with the critics who praised it as great family entertainment and I'm happy to say that the film remains very effective today.
My niece (age 8) was thoroughly entertained by this movie but the younger children in the group were alienated by the somewhat advanced, dramatic themes of abandonment, responsibility and love. For what it's worth, I enjoyed the film immensely.
Over a decade since its release, "Free Willy" holds up quite well. I got "misty" and "choked up" throughout the desperate climactic rescue sequence that gives the movie its name. The opening sequence, during which Willy is captured, is also quite touching.
This is efficient storytelling offering a steady, sustained buildup to a thoroughly satisfying climax.
"Free Willy" also offers believable performances by all members of its small ensemble cast, including Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside, Lori Petty, Jason James Richter (as Jesse) and Keiko (as Willy).
3.0 out of 5 stars If you take it as fantasy...,
If you can get over that, it's a beautiful piece of work. The best part is Basil Poledouris' wonderous score, which should have been released on its own without all the clutter of pop songs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Willy is Awesome!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars still great after all these years,
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this film, but. . .,
This review is from: Free Willy (VHS Tape)I enjoyed this film enough to want to buy a copy of the video and the soundtrack. I'm an orca fan who lives in Kansas, a place where marine life is all but completely nonexistent, so I enjoyed all the footage of the wild orcas swimming free in the ocean and Jessie's friendship with Willy. Storywise, this was a great movie. The only problem I have with it is the ending, which I'm afraid gives some people the wrong ideas about setting captive orcas free. Releasing Willy to the ocean was a fine idea in and of itself, but I feel that it could have been portrayed much better.
The end of this movie, while heartwarming, was very unrealistic. Willy has apparently been in captivity long enough to be accustomed to being hand-fed and perform tricks on command, yet upon his release, his instantly bonds with other wild orcas and the next two movies show him living as if he'd never been in captivity. This is far from the truth for most captive-raised whales and dolphins. Rehabilitation is a lengthy and expensive process with no guarantee that an animal will survive in the wild. Keiko, the real Willy, has been in Iceland for five years now and still is dependant on humans for food and companionship.
Other than this, it was a great film. I give it four stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie,
This review is from: Free Willy (VHS Tape)Nearly perfect film depicting the relationship between a boy and an orca. Both have been separated from their real families, and can really relate to each other. A real emotional story, good for any person with a heart and just a hair of compassion.
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