Dolphin Tale 2 **Dir: Charles Martin Smith. With: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble. 107 mins. Cert: U
2011’s Dolphin Tale was Warner Bros.’ throwback (splashback?) to its earlier Free Willy series, or those old Disney programmers: cute moppet tended wounded critter back to health, this time in the bright, shiny confines of a Tampa aquarium. The sequel pretends Blackfish never happened, instead dramatising the efforts of a conscientious team of pros to coax the now merely depressed dolphin Winter into putting on another show. Mild fun ensues, but even the returning players can’t divert us from all its narrative watertreading: the film has one comedy pelican, two wise old buzzards (Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson) and a slovenly kind of porpoise.
Dolphin Tale 2 opens in cinemas nationwide today.