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  • Free Willy 3: The Rescue

    Free Willy 3: The Rescue

    ★★★★

    Overall, I think I have always considered this my least favorite in the trilogy, but it is still a pretty good sequel in my book. This movie's biggest fault is the step back in presentation from the original film and having a relatively greater amount of dull moments. Other than that, it still maintains the series' tradition of addressing relevant threats to cetacean conservation in a fairly dignified manner. Given the standard that the first film set, a movie with…

  • Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home

    Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home

    ★★★★★

    I very much love this film as much as I enjoy the first one. Conceptually, this sequel was not necessary, but it still felt like a fulfilling second chapter. The outdoorsy setting aids in preventing this film from feeling too similar to the original and is cohesive with how Willy is now in the wild again. The focus on the oil spill allows the series to appropriately address other relevant conservation threats to whales. I feel Elvis shares decent chemistry…

  • Free Willy

    Free Willy

    ★★★★★

    Overall, I very much adore this film. I think outside of being among the numerous environmentally-conscious 90s kids movies, it very much embodies a lot of the history and science of orcas and humans, which I find impressive. I am very much invested in Willy and Jessie's relationship. There is much scientific and philosophical discussion surrounding the evolution of humans' social behaviors that this film probes at. Instead of making me think ''Orcas are like us'' it is more like…