The Whale (2011)
Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, The Whale is the true story of a young killer whale, an orca nicknamed Luna, who makes friends with people after he gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As rambunctious and surprising as a visitor from another planet, Luna endears himself to humans with his determination to make contact, which leads to laughter, conflict and unexpected consequences. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for The Whale
The Whale defies all the odds to make people reconsider what they thought they knew about orcas, the so-called killer whale.
The delicate, understated dignity of the story's presentation (particularly the scenes portraying the bond between the aboriginal people and Luna) pays off with resonance, especially in the film's final stages.
There's no denying that filmmakers Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit captured spectacular shots of both wildlife and picturesque scenery of evergreen-lined water under vibrant pink sunsets.
The sort of doc that presents an issue that's never quite fleshed out enough to present real solutions
Stylistically raw and unpolished but appropriate to [...] details of emotional intimacy and the messiness of life's balance and imbalances.
Nature lovers and animal activists will find much that speaks to them in this slender, resonant tale.
Educational, entertaining, and discussion-provoking "The Whale" is a family-friendly documentary that grows on its audience very quickly.
Avoids the pat solutions of movies geared to children like "Free Willy" but should be seen by them nonetheless since it is a necessary introduction to the problem posed by human encroachment on marine life that can lead to their extinction.
Serious-minded, thought-provoking animal documentary will have a lengthy life, mostly in ancillary markets.
A documentary ideal for schoolrooms, family viewing and discussion.
Docu dotes on its adorable, highly photogenic star, but nonstop voiceover commentary and exclamations of wonderment tend to lessen rather than enhance its impact.
Parents should know that the ending makes the last moments of this family-friendly documentary as tough as "Bambi." But the lessons about friendship are gigantic, indeed.
While The Whale indulges in hippyish sentiments about the connection between man and beast a little too often, the footage of Luna at play is singular and breathtaking.
While they fluff up the conflict between the "no touching" feds and Luna-besotted locals, all parties are simply too polite, decent, and Canadian for any real drama.
The film potently address the interconnectedness between seemingly divergent species in fascinating ways.
This is not "Free Willy" - nor, unfortunately, is there quite enough here to sustain a feature-length documentary.
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