The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Its cooler-heads heart is in the right place, but "A Whale of a Tale" is an unfortunately directionless, low-gear rebuttal that hardly ever stirs up emotions as effectively as "The Cove" did.
In Sasaki's unofficial but necessary sequel to The Cove, she aptly considers how both sides of a conflict believe they are doing the right thing.
"A Whale of a Tale" is a rambling blend of complaint, tourism and straw-men arguments. What it's not is persuasive.
Together, these voices paint a complex picture of the clash between globalism and a fast-disappearing localism.
A Whale of a Tale delivers a thoughtful riposte to The Cove even while providing plenty of opportunity for those opposed to the practice of killing or capturing whales and dolphins to make their case.
What's likely to frustrate audiences is that [dir. Megumi] Sasaki doesn't take sides, yet that's the very thing that makes A Whale of a Tale so interesting to watch.
Eight years later we return to the town of Taiji, Japan courtesy of director Megumi Sasaki's film, A Whale of a Tale.
It's an invitation to viewers to invest in a deeper understanding of an inevitably complicated issue and set emotion aside in pursuit of real solutions.
Interesting but self-serving look at the town of "The Cove" from another point of view.
Even-handed and provocative, it boils down to a broader argument about perception versus reality and sensationalism in the social-media age.
A Japanese documentary that returns to the small town featured in The Cove to record the continuing controversy over the killing of dolphins.
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