Steven Spielberg directs this mixed bag. The film looks great, but the emotional stuff gets to the point where even the most-loving person could get uncomfortable; Spielberg just doesn’t know where to stop sometimes. The film is based on a children’s book and stage adaptation of the same name. As for the horse implied in the title, it’s named Joey. Numerous, identical horses play Joey, and they are some of the most-amazing creatures ever put to film. The Black Stallion, Seabiscuit, the head in the Godfather movie bed—they all take a back seat to the horses in this movie. It’s easy to forgive Spielberg’s slipups when the majority of his movie is a pleasure to look at, and it’s well-acted by humans and animals alike.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Producer: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Revel Guest
Cast: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell, Patrick Kennedy, David Kross, Celine Buckens, Robert Emms, Rainer Bock, Geoff Bell, Leonard Carow and Matt Milne