Big Miracle review

Ken Kwapis
John Krasinski
Drew Barrymore
Ted Danson
Dermot Mulroney
Rated: PG

It’s like the Free Willy genre is making a comeback lately.

Big Miracle is a movie inspired by the true events that happened in Alaska in 1988. Three whales became trapped by ice and had no way of getting to the ocean since there was only a single hole for them to get a breath from.

Because of this, news reporter Adam Carlson (Krasinski) does a story on it and attracts many volunteers and attention from the media from across the United States, however with so many coming together disagreements begin to arise. So they have to come together in whatever way they can to stay on task and save the whales.

I was very skeptical going into the film, expecting a cheesy family movie with many of the cliche’s that we’ve seen over the many years. Fortunately, it turned out different. The film has no slapstick humor, no real main antagonist, and it takes itself for the most part rather seriously.

The story of what they are going to do to save the whales becomes quite engaging and it’s interesting seeing people from different backgrounds and beliefs try to work together on at least one thing. There were some quirky moments here and there as well as a few jokes thrown in however for the most part the film kept its pacing well and delivered on the main goal of showing people coming together.

The characters were hit and miss for me but for the most part they were at least all okay. Krasinski, Danson and Mulroney were all pretty good. I can’t say the same thing about Drew Barrymore though, and it might have just been her character but I honestly didn’t like her at all. She was just extreme to the max about the Green Peace stuff, especially when she called all the native hunters murderers.

Overall, “Big Miracle” isn’t completely perfect, It’s lacking in the acting departments at some points and the characters are sometimes a bit over the top. That being said, it is one of the better live action family films I’ve seen in a while and the story of getting the whales free does become engaging. High 3 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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