This beautifully mounted adaptation of Walter Farley’s story for children tells the tale of Alec (Kelly Reno). While travelling back to the United States by ship, Alec discovers a wild, beautiful Arabian stallion being brought along in the cargo hold.
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Adapted from the classic book, this evoked in me potent, childhood nostalgia. The island scenes are staggeringly lovely, with the boy and his horse, however, the latter of the film pales in comparison to the earlier passages. For someone strange as myself, I sometimes correlate more with wild creatures than people, and I would have been wild about this one as a child. Horses are majestic, magnificent creatures.
THE BLACK STALLION has an intriguing and interesting first half. It looks like a poetry which turned into a movie. Caleb Deschanel's cinematography succeed to bring a certain feeling. The cinematography speaks more than its visual. Director Carroll Ballard is also knows to handle its presentation. But THE BLACK STALLION lost its charm when comes the second half. I felt it's just went ordinary. It's worth to watch...
Sure it's gorgeous and all, but what good is technicality when it masks some dangerous lies? Like a disseminated one, that an animal has value only insofar that a human gives it some. Until the final minute I had hopes this would undermine the unjustified 2nd half, a death to challenge the taming of the uncivilised. At least the actor seems to suffer as much as the horses.