I have to say, the message of this film is clearly established from the start. The use of juxtaposition of the beauty of the orcas in the wild against their aggression in captivity is extremely effective in developing the point. Yes, I do think that the filmmakers may have been a bit manipulative, but all documentarians are. What makes this film stand out is that it is done in an artistic way. The story is quite interesting and is told effectively, switching between different stories of orca aggression in captivity to support the main story of Tilikum. The use of interviews mixed with archive footage is a quite effective way of telling he story, and the use of animated graphics in the courtroom scenes, while interesting, is too infrequent to really make a difference.
Overall, I think that "Blackfish" is a very well-made documentary that does a very good job of supporting its clear agenda. I actually don't think that it was as angering as I expected, possibly because I had already prepared myself for it based on the news coverage.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.