Big Miracle is an inspiring story starring Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell and John Krasinski. Big Miracle is a movie based on true events that happened in Alaska. People united as they worked on a campaign to save a family of gray whales that were trapped with the rapid spread of ice in the Artic Circle. Big Miracle will surely bring a whole new experience for people who love these animals and the environment. Here is an early review from Michelle Sparck, who was given a chance to see a test screening of Big Miracle last Tuesday:
“One of the most interesting side stories in this ‘inspired by a true story’ film is the real-life love story that developed in the most cinematic way — a transcontinental spark between a Reagan aide charged with monitoring the National Guard’s efforts under the officer in charge. Their names have been changed in the movie, but Bonnie Mersinger (played by Vinessa Shaw) and Alaska National Guard Brig. Gen. Tom Caroll (Dermot Mulroney) actually married a year after the rescue. Bonnie, who had been talking with the abrupt officer on the phone, decided she was going to marry him before they ever met face-to-face. She flew to Alaska to assist in seeing that the joint American-Soviet mission succeeded. Sadly, Tom Caroll and seven others were killed in a 1992 crash of an Army C-12 plane in Alaska.
From a Native’s perspective, I was curious to see the scene Kotzebue resident John Chase spoke about shooting with Drew Barrymore. In that moment, cultures would clash over the value of the whales. I tensed when it came up, since I knew Barrymore’s Greenpeace character was going to have to be, shall we say, a little insulting and insensitive to the whaling culture. And she was. John’s character, the whaling captain Roy, was rightfully testy but delivered an impassioned rationalization for hunting, along with a lesson that there is a relationship between the Inuit and the whales that can’t be taught or relatable in glossy environmental pamphlets.
John Pingayak, pulling off a thoughtful and respectful leader, showed throughout the film that whalers consider the spirit and well-being of the marine mammals even when outsiders just see the ‘take’ in consumption.
The whales are portrayed in a mix of real wild footage, actual rescue footage, animatronics, models and digital manipulation. They were shot to show the eyes a lot, so that we could see a soul, a family and trust. Drew’s dedication and humble empathy for the whales distress was convincing, as it was from the rest of the cast. It was not a comedy, it was not a dramatization, it was not a love story, but all those touchstones were there. Alaskans will have to try and disengage their historical lens, and just enjoy the movie for what it should be, a feel-good family flick that we can watch over and over again.”
Click here to read the complete article at Anchorage Daily News.
Big Miracle will touch the hearts of people as it graces the silver screen on February 3rd 2012.
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