The Water Horse

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  • PG
  • 2006
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 6.4  (42,576)
  • 71

In the 2007 fantasy adventure film, "The Water Horse," viewers are taken on an imaginative journey to the Scottish Highlands during World War II. The movie, which is directed by Jay Russell and based on the book by Dick King-Smith, stars Emily Watson, David Morrissey, and Alex Etel. The movie opens with an elderly man, Angus (Brian Cox), telling a group of children a story about a creature from Scottish folklore known as the 'Water Horse.' He tells them of a time when his younger self (Alex Etel) discovered a strange egg on the beach near his home. After bringing it back to the family estate, a mythical creature emerges from the egg and begins to grow at an alarming rate.

Angus recounts the many adventures he had with the Water Horse, which he named Crusoe. The creature, which resembles a seal with a long snout and sharp teeth, is very curious and quickly becomes attached to Angus. Together, they explore the Scottish countryside, and Angus does everything he can to keep Crusoe hidden from his mother (Emily Watson) and the other adults in the area.

As Crusoe grows larger and more troublesome, Angus realizes that he needs to find a more permanent home for his beloved friend. He contacts an expert in Scottish mythology, an American soldier named Lewis (Ben Chaplin), who becomes fascinated by the Water Horse and is determined to learn more about him.

As the war intensifies in the area, Angus and Lewis are forced to work together to keep Crusoe safe from harm, both from enemy forces and from the prying eyes of the government. In the end, the two men come to realize how much they have in common and form an unlikely friendship.

The Water Horse also explores themes of family, friendship, and the power of imagination. Angus and his mother struggle with their relationship, as she is often distant and consumed with her own worries. Angus uses Crusoe to escape his unhappy reality and find happiness and companionship in the creature. He also forms a bond with another child in the area, a young girl named Kirstie (Priyanka Xi), who shares his love for animals and adventure.

The movie features stunning visuals, including shots of the remote Scottish countryside, as well as realistic depictions of Crusoe the Water Horse. The creature is brought to life through a combination of animatronics, puppetry, and CGI, creating an incredibly lifelike and believable character.

Overall, "The Water Horse" is a delightful and engaging film that will capture the imaginations of viewers young and old. It is a heartwarming tale of friendship, adventure, and the power of storytelling, and is sure to leave audiences feeling uplifted and inspired.

The Water Horse is a 2006 kids & family movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 71.

The Water Horse
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    1 hr 52 min
  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (42,576)
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