5,2??? Don't believe in this rating!!! This is the best family movie of the 90-s and the sweetest one (by Juni78ukr)
First of all, I want to say some of my thoughts about IMDb ratings. If you look at IMDb top 250 you can hardly find any family movie . In fact, there are only three family movie I mean live action movies not animated flicks in this chart. They are Princess Bride on the 99 position haven't seen yet , A Christmas Story on 142 a movie nobody heard of besides English speaking countries and the E.T. on the 244 forever classic - no point denying that . And I bet you would be unable to find another one even in top 500. On the other hand you can find in this list, for example, more than <more>
eighty thrillers or more than thirty 30 war movies. Does that result means that family movies can't be good. Obviously it is not. For me the point is that many of people as well as lots of critics don't appreciate movies sweet movies without profanity, drugs, sex and violence. Cheesy movie for kids only that's not a fair grade. Well it's only my opinion but for me it's very sad when such a beautiful movie become so undeservedly underrated. Now, more directly to our movie. I watched Free Willy no less than four or five times and found it one of the best family and animal movie ever made. The bonds of friendship between man and animal are shown incredibility well here. From this point Free Willy remembered me another beautiful animal movie The Black Stallion. The unlikely friendship between twelve years old Jesse and giant whale as the main element of the story is very sweet and touching. Overall plot is well constructed and there's no point to complain its unreality with decent development of the main characters. Young and definitely talented Jason Jammes Richter created terrific performance of a young lonely problem boy Jesse. Also very good in the movie were August Schellenberg as Randolph and Michael Madsen as Glen . As I always mentioned cinematography is pretty good, including first-rate animal action Keiko is so cute there . The beautiful movie soundtrack written by Basil Poleuydouris a bit resembled for me terrific Carmine Coppola's score for The Black Stallion. And finally, that's maybe the most important Free Willy is a very humanistic movie, a movie that what was made with love and care about nature. Thanks to Simon Wincer for this great masterpiece. We need more movies like this, not a laughable rubbish that Hollywood studios now provide for family entertainment. I rated Free Willy 10 out of 10 as an excellent and beautiful family friendly movie. Check out also its two sequels. They are also pretty good.Thanks for reading and sorry for my bad English.
Underrated movie of a charming childhood adventure (by Andreas_N)
Oh, this one is underrated here. The story of Jason James Richter's character trying to escape from a life of crime and missing prospects is way beyond the average. The growing affection for Willy is not even stereotyped or clichéd. It's a genuine bond that focuses on two outcast characters who slowly but surely come to experience true friendship and the value of trust. Jason's performance really appealed to me when I saw this movie as a kid. It is a sincere depiction of friendship, of a way out, of fighting for your values against all odds and of never giving up. Right, I'm <more>
grown up now, but this is one of the movies of my childhood I'd like to watch again, and I'm sure I'd enjoy it almost as much as back then. Jason James had very few acting appearances, but the Free Willy series assured him his place in movie history. His entire performance in here is sincere and straight, he doesn't laugh nor smile if it wasn't just natural in the specific sequences. His facial expressions and body language fit into the total frame as well. The story has some profoundly human themes to it. I can't help it, I think this one is both entertaining and deep, dealing with emotions and prospects of life, with integrity and courage in the face of danger.
If a movies greatness is measured by its cinematography and its direction and its deep characters and its thought provoking script and its revolutionary special effects, then Free Willy is not the next Citizen Kane. But if you can appreciate films that have something important to say and something that it wants people to open their eyes to, then Free Willy is just as important and gripping as anything from Gandhi to Platoon, Mississippi Burning to Boyz and the Hood and JFK to Dancing With Wolves. And that is the truth. The problem with films like this is that it is viewed in the same light as <more>
movies like Gorillas In The Mist and Instinct. And that is they are bleeding hearted fluff. They ask you to "feel" for animals. It asks you to realize that we are bad people and that we should change the system from within. The only problem with that last statement is that it is said while people are rolling their eyes and using a sarcastic tone. But if we can look at films like Schindler's List and Cry Freedom, films that examine the atrocities perpetrated towards humans, see them for the genius that they are, why can we not take a film that has something to say about the abominable treatment of animals more seriously. After all, as Shylock once said, "Does a Jew not bleed?" Does an animal?We are so desensitized towards cruelty to animals that we are practically oblivious to their plight. When we hear of a stray dog that shows up at the humane society with internal bleeding and a missing eye, we say that it's terrible and then we turn away and forget about it until the next ones shows up. When we go to water parks and see captive whales performing tricks we laugh and cheer and go back to our freedom and think nothing of the life that was destroyed when that beautiful beast was taken from its habitat. If anything, this movie shows us that we should not imprison these or any wild animals, and it does it so well that if you have any ounce of compassion in you, it will affect you. This film is not just for 10 year olds, it is a film that should be viewed by everyone that takes their freedom for granted. Because if all of a sudden one day we were put in prison for no reason, then and only then would we truly understand what animals go through.Perhaps you think this review is not really about a movie and all I am doing is expressing my political beliefs, and that may be true, but if someone doesn't say something about this, then what good is our right of freedom of speech.The film itself is about a parentless boy that ends up in foster care. There he ends up working at a Sea World type place where he meets a newly captured whale. He then takes it upon himself to free the whale knowing that the whale is going to be killed for insurance purposes.As I said though, I believe this is an important story and if you disagree, think about the film " A Time To Kill ". Matthew McConnauhey wrong spelling, I know gives his speech at the end about the heinous crimes that were committed against the little black girl. He asks the all white jury to close their eyes as he tells the story. At the end of his graphic description he tells them to imagine she was white. It won him the case. Now do the same thing in regards to stories like Free Willy. Close your eyes and picture a whale held in a cell just big enough to move in. This whale is fed every once in a while and he is taught to do tricks so that people can laugh and cheer. He is separated from his family and his friends and his natural surroundings. He can hear them crying for him to come home at night. He has done nothing wrong, committed no crime and he just wants to go home. But he is kept against his will, for our entertainment.Now picture what I am describing to you isn't a whale. Picture "it" as being human.I applaud Richard and Laura Donner for making this film and I certainly hope people can see this and change their thinking about things. It is a powerful film. And it is one that should be taken more seriously.
It might not be the Shawshank Redemption or an equally provocative and important movie. But it's touching. As a child it was my favorite movie and I'd watch it every day for a period of about 3 months. It made me cry, but it meant a lot to me. It might have it's corny moments, but kids like it, and my parents liked it too. Compared to a lot of the movies kids force their parents to watch, this one isn't so bad.It's really sweet, and it puts out a good message. It allows you to feel and care about things that go on it the world. I dug this out today and watched it again and <more>
it was still pretty magical to me, although I'm much older now. I don't see why this is rated a 5.2. I guess I wouldn't tell every adult to go out and watch it, but if you have kids, or just love animals, then give this a shot. It's a good film.
Even though I'm probably too old for it now, it's still a favrioute (by BurgerTrippin)
I remember first seeing this for the first time in the cinema back in 1995 when it was first released. I thought it was a really cool film and bought it, nearly 10 years later and I still think it's a good film. It just shows us the pain and suffering animals can go through in captivity and how unhappy they can get. The story is farfetched in some places, but I really like the shots throughout the movie of both the model whales and the real whales out in the ocean. 9/10
Free Willy - A wayward boy and his friends were stealing and vandalizing and the boy himself had to do his community work at an aquarium's where whales were. (by Info-4696)
I watched the Free Willy movie years ago with a friend and her brother and I found it quite entertaining. It is quite deep and that is the kind of movie I like. It is a good family movie with no violence and swearing. The 12 year old boy found compassion in a whale. This movie is also about the same boy who was wayward but found love in an animal. Some might think, oh, what is the big deal. This movie kind of reminds me of E.T. I work in a lawyer's office and I studied social work and there are many problems in the home. They should be making more movies like this. I was moved by it yet <more>
the movie itself was not particularly sad. I liked the animal imagery used.
It's a good movie. I love Animals. this is a good movie bout a killer whale was caught by bad businessman and it's for sale on the show biz reluctantly.After it made friend with a boy. The boy could understand how the feeling of losing family. He rejected the new love of his adopted parents but he learnt how to accept the new love and hope from his new home and family after saving his best friend Willy the killer whale. Basil Poledouris composed the heartwarming and touching score for the movie. Robbie Greenberg shot the wonderful secenery and caught the beauty of Willy. They are very <more>
professional.I don't understand why people do not like this movie. It is a good and very underrated movie for the whole family. It certainly much better than some sex and violent movies. I love this movie very much !
Good Story The Whole Family Can Watch (by sddavis63)
A very enjoyable movie about the bond that develops between a captive killer whale and a troubled young boy Jason James Richter. There's no doubt that in places the bond between the two is sappy, and altogether too "cute," and it seems passing strange to watch a movie that depicts the problems of orcas being kept in captivity and forced to perform that stars an orca which is obviously being kept in captivity and forced to perform! That inconsistency aside, however, the story is a good one, and one that the entire family can watch and learn from.Young Richter put on a solid <more>
performance as Jesse, the young boy who befriends Willy the Whale. Also offering a good performance was August Schellenberg as Randolph, the native man who works at the aquarium Willy is held at. Undoubtedly the weakest performance came from Lori Petty as Rae, Willie's trainer. I can't really judge her performance fairly, though, because she wasn't given much to do except smile, watch in awe as Jesse works with Willy, and walk around in a bathing suit. I also thought that Michael Ironside offered a rather uninspired performance as Mr. Dial, Willy's owner, who is quite happy to let the whale die in order to collect the insurance money.Those relatively weak performances aside, however, the movie was still enjoyable enough, and I rated this one as an 8/10.
The film really soars when Keiko is on screen... (by TheLittleSongbird)
This is a perfect example of a family film that knows exactly what it's doing. While a little too clichéd and some of the villainy is a tad overdone, Free Willy is still very entertaining and touching. The cinematography is lovely and the scenery is beautiful, but the combining of animatronic shots and of Keiko the killer whale is astoundingly good. Simon Wincer directs efficiently, the family-bonding scenes are nice and sweet, the soundtrack is delightful and the script has its touches of honesty and humour. The acting is good too, it is wonderful to see Michael Madson again and he is <more>
excellent, and Jason James Richter is believable as Jesse. However, it is killer whale Keiko as Willy who makes the movie, for a killer whale, Willy is very cute and endearing, and the scenes with Richter are irresistible. Overall, just an entertaining family film. 8/10 Bethany Cox