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Dolphin Tale 2 review

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the aquarium...

“I love that fish!” says Morgan Freeman’s dolphin prostheticist (inaccurately) of the cetacean invalid he designed a faux fin for in the first Dolphin Tale (2011). The filmmakers will be hoping audiences feel similar warmth for this largely redundant sequel, the thrust of which involves a search for a new companion for its flipper-less heroine after her old one goes to that great Sea World in the sky.

It’s all a big allegory about celebrating the differently abled, rammed home early on by having one-armed shark survivor Bethany Hamilton contribute a cameo. Sadly, admirable intentions are no substitute for a compelling storyline.

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Neil Smith

Neil Smith is a freelance film critic who has written for several publications, including Total Film. His bylines can be found at the BBC, Film 4 Independent, Uncut Magazine, SFX Magazine, Heat Magazine, Popcorn, and more.