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Dolphin Kick

  • Dolphin Kick
    On a tropical island vacation, ten-year-old Luke Mahoney bonds with a playful dolphin who has lost its way home. Through their friendship and adventures, Luke finds the courage to swim again after the sudden loss of his mother.

Critique de JamesBuckley

  • “You that feeling you get, when you look down at the pool and you start to inch your way in because you don't want to feel the water? My mom used to tell us you're supposed to feel stuff, so don't cheat yourself out of a great moment. You can spend your whole life waiting with your toes in the water...or you could just dive in.” The film Dolphin kick opens with this quote and immediately sets the tone and message for the film. This is great because it hooks your audience and they want to know what else you have to say. Right away you know that this is a film with heart.

    Dolphin Kick is a 2019 film directed by Phillip Marlatt, and written by Travis McCoy as well as Jordan Pedreira. Travis McCoy also plays the part of Clint who is a single father who shines in this film. McCoy probably does the best acting job throughout, with Alexis Louder (Nova) coming in a close second. When it comes to child actors, it's very hit and or miss and that is very much the case with Clints children. Skylar (Tyler Jade Nixon) and Luke (Axle McCoy) try very hard but they don not quite hit the mark. And then there's the villains, the most notable being Naz (Devaughn Gow) who is way over the top and now a believable villain.

    The soundtrack in Dolphin Kick is excellent. It works very well with the visuals on screen and with the playful tone of the film. There's a few dance break montage scenes that remind you that its a fun kids movie. While there's lots to love, it definitely has its problems like every other movie. The film is very informational which is good but it's delivery feels off. Many of Novas scenes feel like the viewer is in a class about dolphins and she's lecturing us. Just giving us one fact after another. This is at the fault of the writers because they could have been educational but inside the flow of the film.

    Dolphin Kick is a very fun, harmless movie that kids will love. It could become a kids classic like other films such as Free Willy or Dolphin Tale. Every time the dolphin comes on screen, you can't help but smile and have fun. The happiness the dolphins gives to these children is contagious and the viewer will leave this film feeling good which is all you can ask from it.

    Dolphin Kick (2019)
    Directed by Philip Marlatt
    Written by Travis McCoy, Jordan Pedreira
    Starring Tyler Jade Nixon, Axle McCoy, Travis McCoy, Alexis Louder, DeVaughn Gow, Tim Ogletree, LaVaughan Hamilton, Maya Simmons, Quddus Newton, Tomii Culmer, Jordan Pedreira, Erin Reign
    Produced by Travis McCoy, Derek Lee Nixon
    Cinematography by Shaun Hart
    Film Editing by Raul Calderon-Castillo, Scott Roon

    Saw January 25, 2019 press screening link.

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Critique de Lauren

  • Dolphin Kick is a fun, family friendly flick that can be enjoyed by everyone. When a boy, Luke, who used to spend a lot of time in the water loses his mother he develops a fear of swimming. The family he comes from practically lives in the water so he clearly feels sad and left out. But when he discovers a lone dolphin out by a dock, this new found connection triggers something in him to overcome his fear of the water to ensure that he can get his new friend safely back to his pod.

    The familial bonds run strong in this small yet bighearted family. Luke has a close relationship with his sister, Skyler who has a strong sense of adventure herself, and a father, Clint that gives all he can to make his children feel loved and cared for in the absence of their mother, of course still having a goofy side to keep them entertained. We get to see them come together to work as a team, encouraging each other to believe in themselves to overcome their struggles. They even find help in some friendly local marine biologist students who help educate them on sea life and lend a helping hand when they need it. This film is not without some conflict however, when their new friend Echo unintentionally makes trouble with some local fishermen.

    Not only do they follow this family along their adventures but they’re sure to remind you of the importance of keeping our beaches and oceans clean. Far too often do people leave their trash on the beach and when the tide rolls in the trash gets pulled out into the water further polluting the oceans wildlife habitats. Remember to always clean up after yourselves and leave the beaches the way you found them. They’re even quick to throw in some boat safety tips that could just come in handy in your personal life.

    Director Philip Marlatt, takes you on an adventure to a beautiful tropical island where you can enjoy yourself but also discover that even in working you can still have fun. He helps show you friendship can go a long way when you put in the effort and even if you don’t see eye to eye maybe if you try to see things from another perspective you might just learn a thing or two.

    Dolphin Kick (2019)
    Directed by Philip Marlatt
    Written by Travis McCoy, Jordan Pedreira
    Starring Tyler Jade Nixon, Axle McCoy, Travis McCoy, Alexis Louder, DeVaughn Gow, Tim Ogletree, LaVaughan Hamilton, Maya Simmons, Quddus Newton, Tomii Culmer, Jordan Pedreira, Erin Reign
    Produced by Travis McCoy, Derek Lee Nixon
    Cinematography by Shaun Hart
    Film Editing by Raul Calderon-Castillo, Scott Roon

    Seen: Screener January 26, 2019

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