Epic tale about a boys relationship with his horse. Starts off fantastically, the primarily British cast is wonderful (Peter Mullen, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell, Tom ‘Loki’ Hiddleston etc etc) and the opening scenes are warm, funny, gritty and realistic. The middle section lets the film down slightly as new characters come and go it is difficult to feel any real emotional attachment to them. It picks up again about two thirds in with the introduction of Geordie solder Toby Kebbell (Dead Man Shoes, Rock n Rolla). This is where the story comes full circle and it all ends nicely without succumbing to the lord of the rings style multiple endings that so many ‘epic’ films fall into. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon on the sofa, you need to be in the mood for this kind of thing but if you are you will be rewarded. Spielberg directs and there is no one finer in the genre of family films than him.
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