Blackfish is the type of movie, like Dirt or The Cove, that once you see it, it changes how you think humans treat the world around us. I remember walking out of this movie, that actually premiered here at the Sarasota Film Festival, and feeling both depressed and informed. It was an interesting balance of feeling bad for how we, as human beings, treat the world and how we really don’t realize that many of these “attractions” that are provided for our entertainment have a dark underbelly and unsettling history.
This movie, in a broad sense, is about SeaWorld and how it involved into the entertainment powerhouse/animal prison that it is today. I know that sounds harsh, but watch this movie and you will be singing the very same tune. In a much more detailed sense, this movie is about the events of one single Orca whale, named Tilikum, and how one show at SeaWorld changed how people are viewing this sort of so-called “entertainment”.
I highly recommend this movie, it may not have any effect on how you view SeaWorld, but hopefully it gets you thinking about how as humans, being the most powerful (by that I mean capable of causing the most rapid change) species on this planet, we have a huge responsibility in maintaining a balance within our world. Hope you all get to see this movie!! It is fantastic!!