Wednesday, December 28, 2011
You better know that this horse crazy girl saw this movie as soon as she possibly could, and she was NOT disappointed!
Disclaimer: I already knew I would love this movie simply because a horse is the featured star. I admit, I'm slightly biased as I type this. ha ha.
I haven't seen a horse movie this beautifully done since I first fell in love with Black Beauty. ( similar story in some ways) As a very young girl I was only gifted with the chance to ride or even pet a horse only a handful of times. I lived in the city in a very packed neighborhood and horses were very scarce. I was itching to even see a horse and completed immersed myself in them as often as I could. I was the definition of a horse crazy girl. I remember visiting the library weekly and reading every horse book I could find. If a horse was on the cover or in the description I was reading it. But horse movies by far were my favorite and still are! Black Beauty, Black Stallion, National Velvet, Saddle Club, and all the rest.
The trend lately in Hollywood though has been racehorse movies, and while I LOVE Seabiscuit, Secretariat, and Dreamer... I was especially excited about this movie. I've always loved War period movies, and this was about a War Horse? perfect. Intense war scenes, but lighthearted bonding moments as well. An emotional drama for sure. It was filled with bravery & laughter, a true tearjerker, yet it really shined a light on the impact horses can have on our lives.. directly or indirectly. The bond a rider/owner has with their horse is as real as the movie presents it. I've always seen it as a very special gift that God has blessed us with opportunity to experience. Even if you aren't as involved with the four legged world as I am, this is a GREAT movie... be prepared to shed some tears, grin ear to ear, and have your heart warmed.
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