Big Miracle

Big Miracle

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 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 minds about lending...
Tangled Gets It Straight

Tangled Gets It Straight

2011 Oscar Nominee for Music (Original Song): “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater Disney’s latest release of Tangled is a delight from start to finish. If you have kids and you can only see one film during the holidays, then this is it. This updated version of Rapunzel is smart, cute, and simply a blast! You would think that a girl locked in a tower with super long hair would be a real drag, instead she is a spunky, young girl (played by Mandy Moore) who uses her hair like the ultimate tool. Her side-kick is a cute little chameleon, who keeps reminding her of her dreams. helps her with her paintings, and her chores around the tower. No kitty cats for this girl. One day while her “mother” is out, a rogue by the name of Flynn (played by Zachary Levi Pugh) is chased into the castle by a guard’s horse, Maximus, a rather determined fellow. Striking a deal with Flynn after knocking him out with a frying pan, Rapunzel sets out on the first journey of her life to see the floating birthday lights that have fascinated her all her life. What ensues is hysterical and wonder filled. [ad name=”Google Adsense-bottom”]Although Disney has come under fire for changing the name of the story from Rapunzel to Tangled, it seems as though an updated story deserves an updated name. When asked about it at the film’s release, Wikipedia quotes the directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard as saying,” You can’t call Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear.” This animated film, released in...

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