Big Miracle

Big Miracle

Big Miracle poster Big Miracle is a film that was based on an international effort to free three gray whales that were trapped in the ice near Point Barrow, Alaska in 1988. The effort was named Operation Breakthrough for fairly obvious reasons, since they had to break through the ice to have a chance to save the cetaceans. The film was actually based on a book written about the event called Freeing the Whales by Tom Rose. A film made for families, Big Miracle stars Drew Barrymore. Unfortunately, the producers of the film should probably have cared less about having star power and more about focusing on telling the story in the best possible fashion. Watching Big Miracle was interesting in some ways and yet it missed the mark in others. The film ended up being primarily about the people involved in the effort to free the whales, without very much attention devoted to trying to educate people about the whales themselves. I found this peculiar at the very least. How do you take a story of a heroic attempt to save a family of whales, and make almost no attempt to educate your audience about the life of the whales the story centers around? Instead of educating the audience about the gray whales, Big Miracle focused on the politics involved in getting anyone to care about saving the whales. In many ways, Big Miracle is a primer in public relations. The film follows the individuals involved in motivating people into action, which people actually were able to make a difference, and what they did that made people change their...
Films of the Decade – 9. Good Night and Good Luck

Films of the Decade – 9. Good Night and Good Luck

There is something special about Good Night, and Good Luck that separates it from other modern movies. It is presented in black and white, but I don’t think that is one of the film’s defining features. Black and white in this day and age suggest a commitment to a vision. Filmmakers could almost always make more money with a color film; however, they occasionally choose not to take the easy path.

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