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Big Miracle uses real-life events as the basis for a surprisingly satisfying family drama.
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It is a laborious, sentimental drama featuring a self-parodic performance from Drew Barrymore, based on a TV news event that briefly gripped the US in 1988.
By-the-book dialogue and lame performances do the film no favours but, hey, worse things happen at sea.
There's something refreshing about a kids' movie that manages to get through its entire length without a poop joke.
If you're looking for a passable film to take the kids to this weekend, Miracle offers a smart enough take on its feel-good plot to keep adult viewers tuned in.
"Big Miracle" might be subtitled, "How Hollywood Turned a Real Story Into Bogus Fiction."
Big Miracle is not one of those whale tales that leaves the audience blubbering, but it's open to the allure of the imposing creatures, which resemble long boulders that have come to life.
There is some sorrow in Big Miracle, but there is, per the title, great joy as well. But perhaps the biggest miracle in the film is that, no matter what you believe, you won't come out of the movie feeling lectured or dismissed.
All in all, this is a solid family film.
At least in Big Miracle people stop haranguing others across the aisle and start working together.
But even more delightful is to see so many favorite actors, some of whom you'll know and others of whom you will recognize, having so much fun in a film that could have failed in so many different ways and instead triumphs.
Big Miracle has all the important elements required to deliver a heartfelt family drama.
"Big Miracle" is quite the whale of a tale. Miraculous? Maybe. Predictable? Mostly. Delightful? Absolutely.
Probably takes some liberties in telling a true news story from the 80s, but does it with such a charm and big heart that you can't help but like the result. Of course that's somewhat predictable, but the decent cast and lovable message make it work. They didn't make films like that for a while, but sometimes this is exactly what you need on a dark winter afternoon. Kids will love it, for sure.
Truly a family movie with an inspiring story about helping the animals..
Pretty lame. Felt like a TV movie. Even Drew Barrymore could not really lift this, and geez, couldn't someone have touched up her roots before filming started!
It's got a fairly high rating, so perhaps it just me being harsh, but I really did find this ordinary.
Based on true events..Overall a wonderful, heart-warming movie. It was a nice change of pace to watch a movie about people coming together for a cause. There were some inaccuracies for the sake of entertainment, but honestly, it can be overlooked. The picture as a whole was sweet, funny, and a nice way to spend an afternoon.
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