The Horse Whisperer
Movie Stats & Links
||Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Scarlett
They might get anxious to leave towards the end.
The horse gets hit by a truck - it's pretty graphic.
Some cute chuckles.
The accident at the beginning of the movie.
Can't remember exactly, but it's when Tom Booker explains
that it really isn't that great to be a bull.
Robert Redford & Patrick Markey
The Horse Whisperer
A Movie Review
So when I told my friend, Daisy, that I planned to see "The Horse
Whisperer" with The Dude on the Right, she made a snide comment about
it being a chick flick. Well, it was no "Beaches," but then
again it was no "Bad Lieutenant" either. Robert Redford's
latest entry in the "Epic Oscar Race" is a good movie, but by no
means a must see. Based on the best selling novel by Nicholas
Evans, "The Horse Whisperer" is a very long, drawn out movie that has
a lot to say in its long-winded 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Now I didn't read the book, but by simply watching the movie
I got the impression that there was a lot going on in that
book. That being the case I really think that to do the book
justice, maybe they should have considered making it a three to four
part TV mini-series. But where's the money in that,
right? So instead they took a complicated story, pieced
together between grandiose scenes of Western America, and Robert
Redford directed, starred in, and helped produce this "trying to hard
to be an epic" film. This turns into a big mistake in my book
because usually when Hollywood makes a movie, they almost
always follow the same recipe: There has to be a hero, usually male,
a love interest, and a female character that the female audience can
feel for. So, combine Hollywood procedures, a deep and
complicated story, and a director that seems to be trying to make up
for past mistakes while trying to get us to remember "The Natural"
and this recipe makes for a choppy, slow movie.
I did like "The Horse Whisperer," but I can think of better ways
of spending almost 3 hours and $7.50. That being the case I
give "The Horse Whisperer" 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. I'm Stu Gotz.
It's a good film. 'Nuff said. Well, alright, some more
needs to be said, like what the story is about - I'll let The Dude on
the Right handle that. Dude?
The Dude on the Right's Turn:
Dammit Stu, what the hell am I paying you for if you won't write what
the film is about? Oh well, "Hello" to all of you out in
internet land! I'll save my Stu ranting for later, let's get to
"The Horse Whisperer."
Now, you can get all deep and emotional about how this movie is
the healing of the human soul through the healing of an animal's
soul, and how this healing leads to re-unification of a family that
has been torn apart by an overworking mother and father, and a
daughter who had a horrible accident. Our healer, Robert
Redford as the horse whisperer, Tom Booker. Sure, maybe you
might see it that way, but I saw it as another guy getting his heart
broken by a woman, filled with a lot, and I mean a lot (did I say a
lot) of beautiful, scenic, and "Wow it's beautiful in Montana"
scenes. Alright, maybe that's not all I saw, but it did seem
that the dudes seem to get the bad end of this bargain. So,
here's the scoop.
Kristin Scott Thomas plays Annie, and overworking mom who doesn't
spend enough time with her family. Then you've got the always
loving and usually understanding husband, Robert, played by Sam
Neill. Alright, let's throw in the little girl, Grace (Scarlett
Johansson), and a bunch of people on the ranch with our here, Robert
Redford, as Tom Booker. So, Grace one morning goes riding with
her friend and there is an accident. Well, the horse gets hit
by a truck, and Grace loses her leg. Grace is having a hard
time dealing with her loss, and Pilgrim (the horse - who I thought
really deserves the Oscar nomination in this movie) is, well, let's
say he's just not the happy horse he used to be. Well, Annie
sees her family falling apart, and seems to think if the horse can be
cured, well, then the family can be cured. Annie can't get Tom
to come to New York to see the horse, so she packs up her laptop,
Grace, and Pilgrim and drives to Montana.
Now we're in Montana, and Annie sure has no clue about living on a
ranch. But, Tom is there to help all of them along, as well as
try to fix the horse. Easy enough, except for the fact that he
starts falling for Annie, Annie starts falling for him, but Annie's
still married. Let's now show scenic after scenic after scenic
shot of ranching in Montana, develop the relationship between Annie
and Tom, and have all things going well until dad shows up. So,
Tom needs to force Annie into a choice, and he knows the only way to
do that is to speed up Pilgrim's recovery. Long, long, long
story short, Tom gets Grace back up on the horse, decisions are made,
and one of the dudes gets his heart trampled on.
Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this movie, well, about two
hours of this movie - that extra forty-five minutes just pushed it
over the edge. The story was developed well, the characters all
played their parts great, I got squeamish seeing a horse get hit by a
truck, and the make-up job on the horse was better than some I've
seen on people, but I live in Chicago and can only take so many
lovely, panoramic shots of mountains, streams, ranching, people on
horses, and just showing how beautiful nature can be. That and
the fact that the lady next to me seemed over-appreciative of the
lovely scenes by letting out an "Ooh, aaah," for nearly every one of
them (I lost count after about 25).
From me it's 3 out of 5 stars for "The Horse Whisperer." I
really wanted to give it another, even two, but I just kept checking
my watch too often towards the end.
Well, that's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!