I agree with sh -- it was a nice story, but clumsily edited and definitely not put together by someone who knows horses. If I only knew that horses speak perfect English, I could have saved so much money in training!!! I also had to laugh that the closing shots were a direct pull from Gone With The Wind -- we kept waiting for Scarlett to run out and put the horse in a fluffy dress or something.
There were a few scenes I enjoyed, such as cutting Joey from the barbed wire (which miraculously only gave him one small cut after multiple strands at full gallop??) and the charming French grandfather.
There was also some lovely cinematography work, but it lost much of its power in the overdone sentimentality and the poor editing. Spielberg needs to learn from directors who know how to let the power of horses speak for itself.
I thought it was a nice enough family movie, but required massive suspension of disbelief and don't expect too much.
Solaris -- 16 hh Appendix Quarter Horse = MY DREAM COME TRUE!We Are Flying Solo