Big Miracle Review

big_miracle.jpg In theaters this weekend, Big Miracle, is “inspired” by the true story about 3 gray whales trapped by ice in Alaska. They made a wrong turn on their way to Baja and unbeknownst to me, whales need to come up for air every now and then. Sorry about that but I am a little rusty on the whales.
This story is so much more…. in fact, it’s about 5 movies rolled in to one.
Drew Barrymore portays an animal-loving volunteer (ala Green Peace) who recieves the news of the whales’ plight from her ex – boy friend John Krasinski who is a small-town news reporter. Yes there is a love triangle of sorts when an up and coming news reporter, played by Kristen Bell, travels all the way up North to cover the story in hopes of her big break on the news anchor desk. Throw in a coming of age story of a young boy, played by Ahmaogak Sweeney, who wants out of his Alaskan culture and his grandfather’s tribe whale hunting traditions. Let’s not forget, the evil villain…. the head of the oil company that wants to drill its way thru Alaskan, played by Ted Danson, and the handsome hero… the Air Force Colonel, played by Dermot Mulroney, who is going to save the day by pulling a barge via helicopter thru the ice to break it up so that the whales have a safe passage to open waters. When that is not enough, they throw in a huge history lesson to the young viewers by showing the United States working with the hated Russian during the Cold War!
Director KEN KWAPIS (He’s Just Not That Into You, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) worked his behind off giving all viewers something for everyone. As a 40 something viewer, I enjoyed taking a time travel trip back to the 80s during the Lee Press on nail days and the big hair. My 10 year old really didn’t know that PR and politics play such a huge part in why people do things and she certainly did not know a time before cell phones. My 8 years old just enjoyed the whales and because they used animatronic whales rather than putting them in post she thought they were so real that at one point she cried. And in the end, this is a love letter to the beautiful and majestic state of Alaska… if you can’t make the trip up North then just sit back and enjoy the show. Big Miracle is in theaters February 3rd.