My Own Personal Cinema
This is where I'll be reviewing films I've seen, both newer and ones from couple of years ago. This is because even though I make time to go to the cinema, I have a stack of DVDs wondering when I'll pick them up. Yep, I'm almost certain my DVD pile judges me as much as my book pile.
This post wasn't planned. I've struggled the last two weeks to do much, not just in terms of my blog. However, as I read the book of Black Beauty (again!) last week, and saw the film was on TV this afternoon, I had to watch it again and review it too. :)
Now my review for the book can be found here, though it's really short and I didn't put a lot in about the content. But that's because it's probably best read and discovered for yourselves. For anyone who hasn't read the book, I highly recommend doing so. (Likewise for the film.)
Things I love about it:-
1. The scenes were the horses were clearly free to just be horses and involved so much play and interaction on their behalf. Horses are a naturally social species.
2. Even things that were changed were done well- most of the book kept to. Each change of owner and situation Beauty faced were realistic for the time period. Things like the stable fire and the London cabs make you forget it's 'just' a film.
3. A lot of big cast members are in it- David Thewlis, Jim Carter and Sean Bean among others.
4. Danny Elfman's score is so magical and fits both the light and dark pieces.
5. Just as the book does- and helped welfare improve for horses- the film gives you a great sense of how little horses were thought of and how important it was that things changed.
6. It gives such a sense of emotion which equals the book, in my opinion. It takes the audience through a lot.
If there's anything I don't like, it would be that it seemed as though Merrylegs was less of a focus than Ginger when Beauty meets and lives with them, though he does state Merrylegs was a good friend.
Also it's quite short. But I suppose, at its heart, it's mainly for children. And it's enough of a classic to be loved by everyone, which is the most important thing. I do prefer the book overall, but will continue to watch this film adaptation as well.
Let me know if you've seen the film and/or read the book. What are your thoughts on both?
All the best.