The Black Stallion Returns (2003)
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Critic Reviews for The Black Stallion Returns
The poetry and mysticism evident in the 1979 sleeper hit The Black Stallion is nowhere to be found in The Black Stallion Returns, a sequel that plays more like an adventure tale from a vintage Boys' Own periodical.
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The first half of this movie reminds me of "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" (1985), although I'm not sure which one is less believable--a grown man who travels across the US in search of his bike, or a young boy who stows away on a plane and treks across the desert in search of his horse. While both are outlandish, Pee-Wee's tale actually seems more believable. Then the latter half of the movie finds the boy trying to protect the horse from enemy Moroccan clans. The movie ends abruptly as it flings the theme into our laps. I really felt Kelly Reno's acting was rather flat, with a lack of variety in his delivery in lines, almost making his character unlikeable at times. I don't know how he got nominated for Best Young Motion Picture Actor in a Feature Film at the Young Artists Awards. I also wasn't crazy about the cinematography. Being set in an African desert, a lot of the shots had that silhouette against the background that you get when you forget that taking a picture towards the sun won't come out right. I'm not sure if this was done intentionally to help convey the image of the bright desert, but either way I didn't like the way it looked. It's a simplistic movie, so it's easy to watch. Drags on a lot less than some other horse movies like "HIdalgo" (2004) and Secretariat (2010). This one is definitely better for a family movie.
I actualy liked the sequal better.It's great. I actually think I like this one better,and I'm funny bout sequals.
Great family story, with beautiful horses and a sweet story about friendship between a boy and his horse
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