Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Horse Whisperer
Based on the novel by the same name from Nicholas Evans, the talented Robert Redford presents this meditative family drama set in the country side. Redford not only directs but also stars in the roll of a cowboy with a magical talent for healing.
Robert Redford has without doubt one of the most legendary Hollywood smiles. Forget his age, forget the lines, he's still a great looking man. The fact then that for a large part of this film you forget that he's a "horse whisperer" is more down to the on screen chemistry with the still rather fetching Kristin Scott Thomas than the lack of horsey-action.
Redford both starred in and directed this heart-rending story focusing on a young girl and her horse who are both left traumatized following an accident. Playing the part of an experienced horse trainer with a gift for rehabilitating horses, he at first refuses to entertain the pushy New York magazine editor who asks for his help. When…
In one of Robert Redford's better films in recent years, he plays, you guessed it, a horse whisperer, a guy who communicates with horses like no other person can. It's a fantasy, absolutely, but it's a sweet one at that, lovingly told and impeccably crafted.
Scarlett Johansson, who first rose to fame here, is delightful and filled with a kind of energy only a young blossoming star can possess.
Lovely. Just lovely.
I didn't realize that the great Robert Redford ever directed movies until watching the end credits of The Horse Whisperer, one of the most emotional, heartwarming, beautiful, and gut-wrenching dramas in recent memory. Redford stars as Tom Booker, a Montana cattle rancher who has to comfort a young girl and her horse traumatized in an intense accident.
As Redford raises optimism in the girl and the horse, the film clearly gives a sign from our star/director of the possibilities/challenges we face in life. Redford invests his audience in a beautifully shot and well-inspired film. And what delivers the most in this extraordinary film is the acting. Robert Redford??? Nuff said. He's great in almost everything he's in, and this is…
It's been awhile. I would say this one's a bit over long.
But it has some lovely moments, often between Redford and Baby!ScarJo. And from what I have read about the book's ending, this one went a much more positive direction.
THE HORSE WHISPERER is a tricky film to rate, as while watching, it struck me that this seems to be a great film and a pretty bland film rolled into one unwieldy package. The great part comes in the whole story of young Grace (Scarlett Johansson, in what still remains one of her best performances), left traumatised and missing part of her leg after a horrific horse-riding accident. Her mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) takes her and the horse to see horse expert Robert Redford. There is a lot of damage to repair, not just in the horse, but in Grace and in her mother, in Grace's relationship with her horse and with Grace and her mother's relationships with each other.…
I leaned in close to hear what he was whispering to the horse and he was saying, "I have money riding on how long I can make this weak shit last without anything happening. If I get it close to three hours I'll buy you some nice oats." Interminable. Better ending than the crappy book, though. Pales in comparison to Clint's incredible Bridges of Madison County; THAT'S how you adapt a book like this.
Definitely I'll shed tears when watching movie about animals. Always like that. But this one was away too cruel. How could the director intentionally decide to make me cry in the first scene?! It was so depressing and saddening. I think Scarlett did a great job as Grace here. Also Kristin Scott Thomas who played her mother, Anne. She's just like another version of Miranda Priestly and she has the same career as well.
I think the movie would be much better if the story only focused on the recovery of Grace's trauma as well as her horse, Pilgrim. Plus her relationship with her mother. Unfortunately there was too much scenes of Anne and Tom. It made the duration even longer and in a bad way, of course. Well, I already know Redford's style in directing a movie, I guess. I saw the pattern. But still I love this movie.
Why the hell is this film almost 3 hours long
Scarlett was so young!
This could have been an all-time classic love epic with its three hour runtime and the probably quite enticing fantasy of cowboy Redford as a broken, tender horse trainer with a huge heart and a multi-million dollar ranch to share, but the undercooked romance tiptoes so cautiously around that the timid longing turns into yawns.
Redford obviously tried to recreate some of the A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT spark with polite, quiet, manly men working close to nature in breathtaking scenery, but it doesn't really work. If it had focussed on the subtle strength that shows itself in any of the Scarlett Johansson / horse / healing scenes, I'd get
hoarse from praising it.
I liked this the first time I saw this. Now, I liked it still. The beauty of the images and both my favourites: Robert and Kristin. And yes, I still want that hair she has...... that has not changed in all these years!
Does Robert Redford pop a few 'ludes sometimes before beginning filming of a movie? His directorial style is laid back anyway, but every so often he comes out with a film so woefully paced that I'm half afraid it's going to start moving backwards.
"The Horse Whisperer" is one of those. So slow and so long as to be stupefying. Though to be honest, I've only actually seen maybe three quarters of it, because my wife got sick and had to leave the theatre. But by then, I'd seen enough to know that I didn't care how the damn thing ended, just so long as it ended.
Too long, but a nice message about not giving up on animals or people.
The Horse Whisperer started out with a powerful and memorable beginning that showed all the signs of following a young girl's path to healing, but then quickly spiraled into a Nicholas Sparks-esque romance between the two other leads. Both can be good, but the viewer is left with a little confusion on which character to focus on -- the daughter learning to accept the loss of her leg, or the mother who's uncertain about her city life back home.
The story overall is both charming and pleasing to watch, beautifully directed, and plus, Robert Redford. No one can complain about that man.
In the end, I was left with the feeling that I had watched two separate films mingled together, yet both stories were interesting to see. I was never bored nor disinterested, and The Horse Whisperer makes for a great one time viewing.
Also, Robert Redford. Such a brilliant actor, director, and overall human being.
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