Two Good Family Movies – Dolphin Tale & Footloose

Mom belongs to a website called gofobo.com. It’s a website where you can pick movies to see and review for free. Well, sometimes you get to pick. Sometimes they pick you. Mom got to see one of each kind of movie – She picked Dolphin Tale and got picked for Footloose. She wants to tell about both movies so I’m gonna turn my blog over to Mom. Take it away Mom!

Thanks Pumpkin. I love movies. But it seems movies today rely too much on special effects, shock value, sex, violence, and bad language instead of good story and good acting. I’m happy to say that the two movies I’m gonna talk about both have good stories and good acting.

First, Dolphin Tale. This is based on a true story about a dolphin that lost it’s tail and the extreme efforts everyone involved when through to save her. The main story is straight out of the news, so I’m not going to address that. In fact, I’m not going to get into plot details because you can get that info anywhere. I’m just going to tell you what I thought of the movie.

I don’t know how much of the secondary stories are true or dramatic license, but few bits in them were a little predictable. That didn’t make them any less intriguing or interesting. All the leads (Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Kris Kristofferson) were excellent. But the kids (Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff) stole the show! And then, of course, there’s Winter the Dolphin, who plays herself. It’s amazing how she adapted to not having a tail. I thouroughly enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this one.

Second, the remake of Footloose. I generally dislike remakes, but this one works. It’s fresh enough that anyone who hasn’t seen it before will enjoy it. The story is still a good story, the music does make you want to dance, and the cast is great. If you did see the original, you’ll still like it. It pays homage to the original, but is different enough to stand on it’s own. The dancing in it is awesome.

My favorite character in both versions is Willard. Miles Teller does the character justice and then some. It takes real talent to do something badly that you can actually do well. It almost always looks fake. Not this Willard. His transition from having 2 left feet to being an amazing dancer looks real at every stage.

The rest of the main cast is equally good. Dennis Quaid as the preacher was excellent as was Andie MacDowell. I wish she’d had more screen time and that her character was developed a little better. I never heard of Kenny Wormald before, but he has real talent and I think we’ll be seeing more of him. And then there’s Julianne Hough. I knew she could dance (duh!) and sing, but it was nice to see she can act, too.

Both of these movies are good for the whole family, although some stuff might be over the head of some of the younger ones. Ok Pumpkin. I’m done. Back to you.

Thanks Mom. I’ve got a review of my own to do. My pal @PrincessGwenie’s mom wrote a book of short stories called Haunted Bedtime Stories. My pals, you have got to get this book. Like every collection of short stories, some are fantastic, some are good, and some are so-so. Which stories are which will depend on your personal taste. I guarantee there will be at least one story that you will absolutely love! Every one of you will have your personal favorite. Princess Gwenie will be here herself next month as a guest blogger. Watch for it!

I did get to go out in my stroller yesterday. I wrote all about it over at the Pumpkin Stroller Brigade site. Go check it out. Have a great week everyone!