The Water Horse

2008-05-06 17:44
What it's about:

A little boy with an acute fear of water comes across a strange looking rock when collecting shells at the beach. He takes it home and soon discovers that what he thought was a rock is in fact an egg, out of which hatches a mythical creature of Scottish folklore and an invaluable friend: the Water Horse.

What we thought of it:

It is not clear whether The Water Horse is a film for children or a fantasy for adults. Although the main character is a 10-year-old boy, it's doubtful that any 10-year-old audience members would be able to relate to Angus. He's quite a complex character with heavy psychological baggage. Unwilling to accept the death of his father, he spends his days in his father's workshop dreaming of days past and looking through his dad's belongings.

That said, the first thirty minutes of The Water Horse border on unbearable. The pace is slow, the picture is dull and grainy and there seems to be too much of an effort made to get the audience to sympathise with this mildly disturbed child.

It's only when the Water Horse has hatched in Angus' father's workshop that you begin to relate to and even like Angus. The narrative pace picks up and characters develop.

The fact that the film is based on Scottish folklore gives it fantastic authenticity. As Angus becomes a father to the Water Horse, he begins to come to terms with the loss of his own father.

A touching story about the power of friendship, the conquering of fears and the sacrifice of love, The Water Horse is a powerful coming-of-age tale that speaks to the myths and trials of preserving culture and growing up.

- Natalie Sineke
Scottish folklore brought to life in a touching tale about a boy and his water monster.

Reg Engelbrecht 2008/03/04 4:28 PM
The Waterhorse Thoughtful entertainment
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