Dolphin Island – Film Review

Posted March 4, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Giveaways, Product Review /

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I had the opportunity to preview Dolphin Island, a family-friendly film named Best Feature Film by Christian Film Festival 2021. It is Dove approved for all ages. It is available for streaming only with no theatrical release.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Film Name: Dolphin Island

Rating: TV-Y7

Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Genre: Drama, Family

My rating is 4 stars

After losing her parents, 14-year-old Annabel lives with her fisherman grandfather on an island paradise. She is surrounded by an extended family of loving but quirky neighbors and her best friend – a dolphin named Mitzy. Everything changes when her maternal grandparents arrive with a shifty lawyer to bring her back to New York. It’s up to Annabel and her friends to figure out how to save the day and prove that love conquers all!

Many thanks to Collide Distribution for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Dolphin Island is a fun, family-friendly film. The photography was quite good and the location was lovely.

Anna’s story was touching – orphaned at a young age. And her loving grandfather, Jonah, gave up his career as a history professor at Oxford to take over her care and run the marine institute her parents had founded. Jonah was quite realistic in that he got angry when provoked and made a couple of poor choices that added conflict to the story. The friendship between Anna and Mitzy, the dolphin, was sweet! I liked watching them swim and play together.

I really appreciated that there was no foul language and that even though they were in a tropical location, there wasn’t an overabundance of skin on display. Ana wore a one-piece swimsuit when she was in the water and dressed tastefully and modestly when on land.

While lighthearted for the most part, a conflict brought a somber element that helped balance the rest.

My husband and I both felt that the acting was, at times, a little over the top. Especially at the beginning. Some situations were simply implausible – and not just because the film targeted a younger audience.

Overall, I recommend this for anyone looking for a wholesome film for the whole family to enjoy.

A discussion guide is available here.

You can watch Dolphin Island on-demand at Dolphin Island Movie or by entering the giveaway.


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