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The original film is a fun family feature with a lovable friendly creature the world fell in love with, and this sequel isn't absolutely terrible. Basically its been two years since boy Jesse (Jason James Richter) helped Willy the killer whale (played by Keiko) to jump to freedom, and when his true mother dies, Jesse gains a half-brother with trouble-maker Elvis (Francis Capra, no relation to director Frank). While on a camping trip Jesse meets Willy again in the open water, where he has found his mother and brothers, oh, and his human Indian friend who looks after the family, Randolph (August Schellenberg). Jesse also meets and falls for Randolf's goddaughter Nadine (Mary Kate Schellhardt), and she is astonished to see Willy let Jesse ride his back. Willy and his family hit jeopardy when a large oil tanker crashes spilling its load into the water, and there is also a point when the oil catches fire, and Jesse is determined to help them. Also starring Michael Madsen as Glen, Jayne Atkinson as Annie, Forest Gump's Mykelti Williamson as Dwight, Elizabeth Peña as Kate Haley, M. Emmet Walsh as Bill Wilcox, Jon Tenney as John Milner and Paul Tuerpe as Milner's Assistant. It is surprising that most of the whales were models, because they looked quite convincing, and they are wonderful to watch. So while the story isn't very original, it is the whales that keep you hooked, and the end credits song, "Forever Young" by The Pretenders. Okay!
I love this movie, it's not the best that I ever saw but it really good. The movies of free Willy are all really good I know that in the end they say the no one got hurt but still you never know unless your really there. Like in free Willy 2 the whales got oil all over them and all most died I know they really did not die but still.
A sequel to the money making blockbuster original about a runaway who befriends a killer whale and the adventures they face. While the original had some resemblance of a story and pacing, this one has none of the freshness and originality. The kids might like it but it is a disappointment..on a scale of one to ten...3
If you've seen my comment on the original "Free Willy", which is not a
positive one, you might be wondering why I'm reviewing this sequel, why
I would have bothered watching it. Well, the only explanation I can
give is that I saw it at school back in 1996, on my last day of Grade
3. While I couldn't seem to remember that much of it from that first
viewing, I clearly remember that the climax had my heart pounding, and
it was a memorable way to mark the end of my years as a primary
student. So, it's another film from my childhood which I decided to
revisit, and probably wouldn't have ever ended up seeing at all had I
not seen it before. Since I didn't like the original 1993 film when I
watched it recently, it's no surprise I'm not too impressed with this
1995 sequel, either.
It has been two years since Jesse brought Willy, the orca whale, back to his natural habitat. The two haven't seen each other since then, but Jesse is happy living with his foster parents, Glen and Annie Greenwood. However, the teenager is not happy when he is informed that his birth mother has just died, and his younger half-brother, Elvis, is coming to live with them. Jesse and Elvis do not get along, and their conflict continues on a camping trip with their foster parents, on which they have to share a tent. On this trip, Jesse finally sees Willy again, and also reunites with his friend, Randolph. Randolph introduces his goddaughter, Nadine, whom Jesse quickly falls in love with. Trouble comes when an oil tanker crashes and spills its contents into the water, threatening the lives of the whales! While Jesse and others attempt to save these whales, Elvis has problems of his own.
I didn't care much for many of the characters in the original film, but this sequel introduces Elvis, played by Francis Capra, and he might be slightly worse than any character featured in the 1993 smash hit family movie. It seems Capra was given some poor lines in this role, such as what his character says when he realizes his foster parents aren't rich. Of course, not all cheesy lines in the movie come from him. Basically, most aspects of this movie weren't done so well, including the conflict between Jesse and Elvis, which may be a little extreme at times, and the teen romance between Jesse and Nadine. Like the original, there is some tension, and also maybe a few poignant moments, but at times, it may try too hard, or not hard enough. I have to admit, I actually found it mildly amusing when Glen and Annie go out looking for Elvis and Michael Jackson's song, "Childhood" suddenly begins. I'm sorry, I know it's a deeply personal song of Jackson's, about his tragic upbringing, and I know he is now dead, but in this movie, the song seemed to be thrown in, as a poor attempt to push the right buttons on the audience. I didn't even know the artist was Michael Jackson when I watched the film.
It seems "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" is less popular than the original "Free Willy", even though some critics considered it superior. Personally, I'm pretty much indifferent to both of them. I've explained why I decided to watch and review this sequel, but since I've never seen the final installment in the trilogy, 1997's "Free Willy 3: The Rescue" (which appears to be even less popular), to this day, I don't intend to watch it. I don't like what I've seen in the first two so much, so I obviously don't want to sit through another hour and a half or so of what is probably pretty much the same thing. Despite how long it's been since the last "Free Willy" movie was made, more than one source tells me that there will be a "Free Willy 4" released next year, starring Bindi Irwin, the daughter of late conservationist Steve Irwin (a.k.a. "The Crocodile Hunter"). Apparently, it will be a direct-to-DVD release. No offence to the Irwins, but I will definitely be passing on this one as well.
the best thing about this movie is that there are more scenes with the whales.other than that,i can't say i liked it very much.it is shorter than the first one,but feels a lot longer.this movie felt too much like an ecology lesson to me,and it wasn't subtle either.i just found the whole thing overwrought,and i though there was a bit of overacting going on.they had a subplot going on,which i didn't think was necessary,but that's just me.there were some emotional scenes,but i felt like i was being manipulated.towards the end,there are a few tense moments,but overall,the movie is disappointing.if it weren't for the scenes with the whales,this would be a 1 or 2 star movie.i guess for me,Free Willy 2 is a 4/10
Compared with The Big Blue, Free Willy 2 just have the ocean in common . The rest is more related with Baywatch, except in Baywatch when you're bored you can check out pieces of meat and here it rather deals with fish . Even if the commercial target is the young audience, must the screenplay be a total nonsense ? However, some scenes are so much ridiculous (the guy chatting up the girl by smooching a whale, or recognizing Willy just by hearing his ultra-sonic waves, or practising rodeo on the whale) that you sometimes forget a little how much you're bored . The wreck of the oil tanker is so credible that we can wonder if James Cameron wasn't inspired by it to make Titanic . As for the suspense at the end ... it's unbearable : will the kids die by burning slowly and atrociously in the oil fire or not ? Really, it's terrible . I don't even explain to myself why this movie isn't forbidden to people over 8 .
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