This film is based partially on a true story of a captive killer whale named Keiko. Keiko also starred in parts of this film and sequels, until he became very sick and despite everyone’ help and concern he eventually died. This is a touching story about a boy and his killer whale. This was directed by Dwight H. Little. I intend to prove through this film, shot, music, sound, directing acting, storytelling etc. , that humans and non-humans can form a strong bond of love and loyalty. In this case a killer whale.
Two years ago the boy Jesse helped the whale Willy to jump into freedom. Jesse enjoys his life with his adoptive parents, when his half brother Elvis arrives because of the death of their mother. During a camping trip Jesse meets Willy again, as wel as his Indian friend Randolph. A tender love develops between Jesse and Randolph’s goddaughter Nadine. Suddenly a crashed oil tanker endangers the whales, and several animal and human lives have to be saved as well when the oil catches fire. The Genre for this film is Action/Adventure, Drama and Family. A box office hit in (1995). The themes are daring rescues, mischievous children, orphans.
The tone is bright, compassionate, heartwarming, sentimental, summery and warm. Corliss, Richard (1995)Prince of Whales. The director and the rest of the crew did a very amazing job, with all of the different shots of the whales and the boys in the water riding the whales and playing under the water. They really show the love between the boy and the whale. The story telling was very believable. The actor who played the boy Jesse ( Jason James Richter) did a very good job with his character. All of the scenes and shots were very heartwarming. The music that was played throughout is a song titled, “Will You Be There”, sung by
Michael Jackson. It would make you cry. Goodykoontz, B. & Jacobs, C. P.. (2011). The different sounds from Willy when he was with Jesse and the sounds from all of Willy’s family were true to life. Whales’ like humans are very intelligent creatures, they also are family oriented, they stay within their family pods for life. They have the ability to be loyal, loving and compassionate to each other and humans if given the chance. They should not be hunted by humans that are self centered. Whale’s have got a bad rap for many years. They will only hurt if you hurt them. In one of the scenes it show’s certain human’s that want to urt Willy and he does attack them, but does not hurt them bad, because Jesse talks to Willy. Pfeifer, Tom (1995). Jesse, Nadine and his half brother get the whales out to safety, but aren’t able to save themselves, when the tanker explodes and the oil catches fire. Their boat hits a rock and starts to sink while Glen, Annie his adopted parents and friend Randolph set out to find them in Randolph’s boat while calling for help. Nadine and Elvis are air lifted to safety by a helicopter, but young Jesse is unable to hold on and falls back into the fiery water. The helicopter has to leave. Willy arrives and takes Jesse under the flames to the ther side.
There they come upon the boat with Jesse’s family and friends and they pull Jesse up to safety. In the end the scene and shot was a little sad and at the same time very positive and heartwarming. After Jesse is on the boat, the flames keep on traveling further towards the boat. Willy makes certain sounds to Jesse as if to say and by the shot Willy did not want to leave Jesse. That’s when Jesse made a certain movement of his arm to Willy to make Willy go under and leave so the flames didn’t reach Willy. Willy then understood and left. I feel that the way this story was told and the information from resources and by e watching this film proves that human’s and non-humans, in this case a whale can definitely develop a strong bond of loyalty, love, compassion and communication. There are two more sequels after this one that shows the same love. References Corliss, Richard (1995) Prince of Whales. Retrieved fromhttp://www. time. com/time/ magazine/article Goodykoontz, B. ;amp; Jacobs, C. P. (2011) Film: Watching and Seeing, San Diego Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Retrieved from http://content. ashford. edu Pfeifer, Tom (1995). Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home. Retrieved from http://www. imdb. com/title/plotsummary