I have tried to limit this list to proper period dramas (no animated features or alternate histories) and arrange them…
Unbridled. Unbroken. Unbeaten.
Set in 1890, this is the story of a Pony Express courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous race for a massive contest prize, in an adventure that sends the pair around the world...
That horse was almost as beautiful as Viggo Mortensen's face
Despite being a very enjoyable rip-snortin underdog story seemingly ripped from the Golden Age of Hollywood, “Hidalgo” could be the poster child for films based on gigantic lies.
The half Native-American Frank Hopkins is slumming it at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show with his faithful horse Hidalgo, when he is approached to compete in the legendary Arabian horse race, the Ocean of Fire, which spans 3,000 miles across a desert, if Hopkins wants to keep the title of "the world's greatest distance horse and rider". Hopkins begrudgingly accepts and enters the competition despite the fact that he may not survive it.
Factually speaking, only two things are true to real life in that summary. There was a man named…
One of the most underrated and overlooked films ever in my opinion, Hidalgo is an absolutely fantastic adventure film with a great, engaging plot, beautiful cinematography, terrific action set pieces, phenomenal direction by Joe Johnston and an outstanding lead performance from Viggo Mortensen. This really is one of my favorite films of all time. Definitely check it out.
Viggo Mortensen's first film after The Lord of the Rings, Hidalgo follows American cowboy Frank T. Hopkins as he accepts a challenge to participate in a three thousand mile long distance horse race in Arabia. Where Hopkins must face gruelling deserts, fierce competitors and countless other dangerous obstacles if he is to survive.
Despite me having some fond memories of this movie as a kid, my opinion has certainly changed. The plot is an interesting one, but screenwriter John Fusco just bogs it down. The pacing is rather off with there being a few manipulated plot twists to keep the movie running. There is also some annoyingly cliched and heavily enforced story developments, particularly in Hopkins character arc and the…
Not sure what was longer: how long the run time felt or how long that guy was stuck in quicksand.
Hidalgo is a terrific action adventure following the legend of Frank T. Hopkins and his Mustang horse, Hidalgo. The film is about a race known as the Ocean of fire a long distance race across the Arabian desert. Hidalgo is a fairly entertaining adventure and is a film that deserves a lot more credit than it deserves. Sure the film is at times uneven, but it manages to be an entertaining and thrilling adventure that is simply loads of fun. Viggo Mortensen is good in his portrayal of Frank Hopkins. Hidalgo is basically a story of attempting the impossible. The film has Western elements, but it doesn't evoke a sense of nostalgia found in viewing such epic Spaghetti Westerns of…
Entertaining and not bad at all but for an adventure film it's kinda forgettable.
Which is what's happened to it really.
Unless you're me and you see it in your local Poundland and think 'yeah, I vaguely remember that, why not?'
I liked this one. Yea, it's probably all bullshit but the movie is thrilling and fun.
Off the beaten track. Hidalgo tries to tell a grand story about the adventure of Frank Hopkins and his trusty steed as they race across the desert. What happens is a relatively cheesy story and pretty nice looking visuals. Story is cliched and follows the standard hollywood plot arc of a survival adventure genre. The setting of a race in a desert creates strong visuals but don't stand out. Characters are one dimensional and don't try to spice things up. There is a surprising amount of action and PG-13 violence. Overall, the movie is cheesy but it's a pretty good cheesy movie that doesn't fail to entertain. There is nothing memorable or spectacular about this movie but it is a decent movie regardless.
An adventure movie from the classic Hollywood mold. It's (loosely, no doubt) based on a real person, it's a historical epic, the hero has a few issues to overcome, and does so, of course. There are love interests, an exotic locale. Perhaps a naive interpretation of foreign cultures, but I doubt that they were ever going for a strictly realistic depiction of a lot of things. And lots and lots of beautiful anamorphic shots of horses and landscapes.
It's a movie my father would've absolutely loved.
Better than expected.
Cheers for wild horses or any wild animals.
“Let Her Buck”
Ever since I was a child those three words always stuck with me, always reminded me of horses and a particular equestrian yarn where the words made the horse, Hidalgo, run fast like the wind. Horses are seldom protagonists that struggle to excite audiences because who wants to see a drama about a horse, it’s a horse for goodness sake! Films like The Horse Whisperer or War Horse try to emphasise the complex psychological centre of these animals, but we can’t identify with these animals’ mentality, only their abilities to gallop and jump. And 2004’s Hidalgo doesn’t attempt to demonstrate the psychological connection between horse and rider; it takes the horse and puts the rider onto it…
This is a very fun Disney film and I feel like I would've loved it at the age of 10 but now it feels like a bunch of typical Disney bits stuffed into one film. The music made me think of Star Wars somehow...
An interesting and exciting movie based on the life of a real person, action-packed, visually beautiful, landscapes and horses. Viggo Mortensen makes a belissima interpretation.
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A list of board games based off of movies. Movies based off of board games, like Battleship, do not count.…