This is the third part in the trilogy of Free Willy movies. The main character Jesse is now two-years older, a teenager, but we see he has matured into being a very intelligent young man. He is part of an expedition called "Botany Bay" to observe the lives of the orca whales, that he has come to love from his earlier childhood experiences with the whale called Willy.
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It is very interesting to note that the real whale, who is the subject of this film, appears once again in this film. World response to the story has focused so much attention on "Keiko" who is the real wahle depicted in this film, and at the very same time everyone recognizes that the producers of these films love these orca whales. They are not exploiting them, they are trying to save them. Keiko, the real whale has been in captivity for all of her adult life. There is a massive global effort to re-introduce her into the wild which only partially succeeds. We have to give credit to the producers of this film for understanding this.
Jesse sneaks on to the "Botany Bay" ship only to find out how they are desiring of capturing the orca whales and not at all protecting them from harm. Jesse uses a flare gun and communicates on the radio to try to convince the whalers to stop. He fails. They attack Willy who has been lured to come closer by a recording of Jesse, that they play in the water. Jesse helps Willy to escape after seeing the birth of Willy's child, a son, and Jesse delights in witnessing the birth of Willy's son as the family of orca whales once again escapes to freedom in the wide ocean.
Best part of story, including ending:
The box office was soft for the final part in the trilogy. All three Free Willy films were released in the 1990's. It is very hard to upstage the first MASSIVE success of Free Willy and the sequels show this pattern very clearly. This movie is good, but not great. But we still love the whale called "Willy" and even more the real whale called "Keiko" who everyone tries so much to set free.
Best scene in story:
My favorite is seeing the birth of Willy's child - a new orca whale because this is a very powerful symbol of continuation of the species in spite of trauma.
Opinion about the main character:
Jesse becomes more likeable as he becomes older. He is really a good guy and turns into being a fantastic young man. We admire his progress.