I used to dream about going to SeaWorld when I was in my early teens because I kept seeing the place in movies I watched. I didn’t know any better I guess… Personally I steer clare of oceans, deep water or whatever ’cause of phobia mixed with logic. Orcas seem more intelligent than humans so I cross my fingers that in time no trainers want to work there which makes the leadership having to do the job themselves and Karma ensues.
Some of the people in this documentary made me shake my head in disgust (and it’s not the previous trainers that came to their senses). If you want to watch whales, go on a whale safari out in the wild… if you want to take your kids on a family vacation, go to Yellowstone, Disneyland or Grand Canyon… or do something multicultural like visit another country.
Blackfish is a good documentary to get your thoughts flowing… it sure made me angry (I could never watch The Cove, I’d probably turn murderous and naucious at the same time). I never watch documentaries more than once so I guess for me rewatchability is at zero (and on top of that I try to steer clear of subjects that makes me annoyed, angry or hateful so once is enough…).
On the almost positive side I’d love one of them fluffy Orcas if it weren’t for the fact SeaWorld makes money on’em. It’s good to see this movie was added to Netflix as it should raise awareness to a much wider audience. Movies like this needs it. (For the record I’ve seeen many comments for the other side of this movie as well and I’d state that even remotely defending SeaWorld by saying the whales are rescued animals or that they are non profit makes the white of my eyes show and nostrils flare as I was standing in the middle of a dusin subwoofers).
I guess most documentaries is a he said she said type thing. One should get both sides of the story before commenting at all. I don’t get why SeaWorld didn’t comment in the movie but here is what they have to say about the subject. Blackfish is provoking sure and personally I don’t want to be a hippocrit and say animals shouldn’t live in captivity as I eat beef (and there is cows, pigs, sheep and so on… but that’s food… entertainment is a whole other story in my opinion). FFS, get a gold fish if you want to see a fish in a bowl or hey even better buy a 250″ tv screen with a artificial aquarium.
What side am I on ? I’m with the producers of this movie… that’s my choice, you wouldn’t be happy either if you had to stay in a 6 by 8 feet cell the rest of your life (if you didn’t mind I would like to think prisons wouldn’t be a scary punishment for lawbreaking).
The movie is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite who’s worked on documentaries like Shootout! (2005-2006), Animal Nightmares (2003) and City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story (2010).
..I rate this documentary 8/10 stars..