By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
“Big Miracle” didn’t do too well at the box office this past weekend.
It was walloped by new movies “Chronicle” and “The Woman in Black,” and even got edged out by “The Grey,” which was released the previous weekend.
I’m assuming those other three movies are fantastic, and I look forward to seeing them. They had to be good to beat “Big Miracle,” which is a standout family film set in the frozen north of Alaska.
Inspired by a true story from the late 1980s, the movie centers on three whales that get stranded when the sea freezes over sooner than usual.
Adam (John Krasinski), a newsman on assignment, captures footage of the whales, and it gets carried nationally by NBC. Before long, news crews are descending on Alaska to get the story.
It’s not a simple story. The Inupiat people want to harvest the animals, which is in line with their traditions. The governor (Stephen Root) doesn’t want to put National Guard troops in danger for the sake of whales.
Rachel (Drew Barrymore) works with Greenpeace and uses a variety of often obnoxious techniques to spur others to action.
“Big Miracle” isn’t exactly a tree hugger’s festival. It has something for left- and right-leaning audiences.
Ted Danson stars as J.W. McGraw, an oil man who makes strong cases for big business and compassionate conservatism. An actor portrays Ronald Reagan, and Sarah Palin appears as herself in a cameo that harkens back to her days as a TV reporter.
It’s a funny film and a surprisingly touching one, as all these disparate people come together for a common cause. Folks in the theater clapped when the closing credits ran. I didn’t join in, but I knew where they were coming from.
If you’re looking for family entertainment, consider “Big Miracle,” either now or when it comes out on DVD in a few months.
Make sure to stay for the closing credits to see the real people from the story. I thought some of the events couldn’t have happened in real life, but I was proved wrong a couple of times.
I give “Big Miracle” an A.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
Look for movie reviews in Scene on Thursdays, and listen each Tuesday morning on Wizard 106.7 between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Kelli Karlson Wizard 106.7. She gives “Big Miracle” an A. “I loved it. I will see it again, and I may own it.”
“Roadkill” Bill Wizard 106.7. He gives “Big Miracle” a B+. “Take the kids to see it.”