Jan. 17, 2023

452: "Free Willy" (July 16, 1993)

452: "Free Willy" (July 16, 1993)

Free Willy is a feel-good family movie about a boy named Jesse and his friendship with a captive Orca whale named Willy. Directed by Simon Wincer, the movie stars Jason James Richter as Jesse and Keiko as Willy.

The story is about a boy named Jesse who befriends Willy and works to set him free from an amusement park. The film has a powerful message about conservation and animal welfare, making it a great watch for people of all ages.

One of the best things about the movie is the chemistry between Richter and Keiko. Their scenes together are both heartwarming and emotional.

The special effects in the film are also pretty cool, especially the underwater scenes and Willy's jumps. Additionally, the animatronic orcas that were used for close-up shots are very realistic. The score by Basil Poledouris adds a lot to the emotional depth of the film.

Though it's not a revolutionary movie, it is still a well-made and enjoyable family film with a strong message. It's a movie that both kids and adults will enjoy.

If you like Free Willy, consider checking out these movies:

Dolphin Tale (2011) - A family-friendly film about a boy who saves a dolphin's life and forms a special bond with the animal.

Blackfish (2013) - A documentary film that exposes the controversial captivity of killer whales, specifically Tilikum, an orca held by SeaWorld.

The Cove (2009) - A documentary film that exposes the dolphin hunting practices in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan.

The Whale (2011) - A Canadian drama film about a pod of killer whales seeking revenge on whalers.

Earth (2007) - A documentary film that explores the diversity of life on Earth and the impact of human activity on the planet, featuring different animals such as elephants, polar bears and whales.

The Big Blue (1988) - A French film that tells the story of two men who are passionate about diving and the underwater world and their rivalry in the sport of diving.