Surprisingly entertaining for both adults and children (by dfcurran)
When my wife dragged me to this movie I thought I'd be bored. The trailers show nothing except the little monster growing quickly and swimming around happily. What I did not expect is the wonderful, and entertaining background story set in Scotland during WWII. Now the film has a modern frame as well as the WWII story. An old man tells two young visitors to Loch Ness what they assume is a tall tale. Frames usually don't add much to movies but in this frame is an exception.In WWII a young boy, who doesn't know his father was lost at sea, finds a strange egg. While the egg grows <more>
into a likable, gigantic plesiosaur, a strange man, who might be a German spy, starts as caretaker of the boy's father's estate, and a gunnery unit takes over the estates grounds. The captain of the gunnery unit takes a shine to the boy's Mom, and tries to instill discipline to the boy by treating him like a drill sergeant would a recruit. Meanwhile, the new caretaker decides to keep the boy's new pet a secret. and wins the respect of the boy's mother. Although there is no real violence in this movie there is a killer hunter cook and some shooting. In fact there is a scene with cannon fire that might scare young children. And of course the cook has a tough bull-dog who likes to chase things. The characters here are well developed and the acting and cinematography is superb. This movie will not disappoint.
Highly recommended movie for all ages- don't miss it! (by debbie-willoughby)
I have just returned from seeing The Water Horse with four of my children aged 16 to 4. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. I have to say the beginning was a little slow as Angus found the egg, but once all the characters were introduced, and Crusoe had hatched, the plot revved along. The pompous Army Captain was fun to watch! The WWII surrounds were wonderful, all the casting was excellent- no wrong notes by any of the cast. The boy playing Angus was really enjoyable to watch. It was a "children's movie" but as a forty-something adult I was swept along into the adventure and enjoyed <more>
it very much. I loved how the plot was multi-layered and plenty of tension as Crusoe comes under threat from some trigger-happy army soldiers. I have to point out that Lake Whakatipu in NZ's South Island was used for a lot of the Loch Ness scenes so should get credit from those who loved the scenery! Bravo to WETA Workshop for the realism and believability of the water horse- just gorgeous! He/she has plenty of screen time too. This is a great movie for all ages. It is sure-footed and very enjoyable!! For Kiwis watching it's fun spotting familiar faces in the supporting cast.
Excellent, brilliant, and splendid visually talking. It's very amazing and definitely a movie that you have to see on big screen, and since my very humble point of view The Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep is the second best movie of the year, just behind of Ratatouille. No doubt about see it, run and watched because is very enjoyable for all the family entire, and you will get out of the cinema with a very good remember. Also I expect this movie have got nominations for the Academy Awars 2008 in the categories of Best Achievement in Art Direction and Best Achievement in Visual Effects <more>
because are wonderful in all the extension of the word. Beautiful Movie!!!
Beautiful gentle film, excellent reflections of WWII in the UK (by anniecat50)
Our family 2 kids in high school went to this film Christmas night. It was a perfect wrap up to a glorious family day. The story line was told by the camera as a story should be told; with reflective moments, beautiful long scenic shots and great close-ups on some of the best character faces one can find in a pub. All of the time taken for this was appreciated by our family. The CGI was beautifully woven into the film so that it did not take away from it, but rather created the water horse to fit beautifully with the surrounding images. He/she was charming and we all root for the dream that <more>
there is a Nessie! Mum Grammy is British and flew Spitfires in WWII. She told of regiments taking over estates and the events in this movie matches her stories. Two small critical comments: The male/female travelers who open and close the film were far too forced and it felt like they were given the roles as friends of a director/producer? It's too bad because the opening and closing of the film felt awkward and unconnected with the rest of the charming story. There is a sequence of footage of the young lad working that repeated itself that felt like it was just looking for extra shots and couldn't find them. Having done that as an amateur, I was surprised when the pros did this! Enjoy this film. Thank-you to all who worked on it!
Sweet, human, and real. Great for adults! Evocative and emotional. Ideal for younger viewers too. (by bopdog)
"Waterhorse" is charming, and a lot more. It would be unfair to say, merely, that "it is good for what it is," as in being a very nice family film. That is true, of course. But like the better British films, albeit one directed by an American and shot in New Zealand, "Waterhorse" has a rich texture and depth that makes it most worthwhile.Going in, I knew it was ostensibly for kids. The depictions of wartime Britain, however, and the "real" lives of old folk, adults, parents, and kids of varying ages, however, give it a depth reminiscent of John <more>
Boorman's great 1987 classic, "Hope and Glory." To be strictly honest, it isn't quite as good, but Boorman's was a masterpiece, and this one is, well, very good.In one respect, the story is a bit silly, as far as the monster part is concerned. However, the FX were seamless and perfect, and the monster was imbued with a personality that was matey, and fitting. It worked. I don't find legends of the Loch Ness Monster, or Sasquatch, or that sort of thing very interesting. Nonetheless, this monster was flawless, and more akin to the whale in "Free Willy" than some totally irrelevant yarn such as the Harry Potter stories no offence intended to fans of those stories, please .This story had real enough human emotion and "life" happenings. It is 1942, the war is still going badly, and the young boy, I'm guessing he's supposed to be about 10 or so, keeps a quiet and secret "fortress" and "Intel HQ" in the estate's work shed. He has maps and charts and flags pinned all around, charting the progress of the war. He has pictures of his father, fondly remembered, and he even has his dad's release from service date marked on his special calendar. He "X's" out each day until his father is set to return. Spoiler--- his father has died in a naval battle of some kind, and the boy's mother hasn't the heart to tell him. His older sister, probably around 14 or 15 or so, probably also knows her father is dead and won't be returning. But out of love and an appropriate kindness, neither the mother nor the sister tell the boy that sad fact of wartime life.Eventually the boy figures out his dad is gone--- after all, it has been a year since his disappearance. He finally says to his mother--"Dad's not coming home, is he." A statement, not a question.Anyway, no single aspect of the story is stunning or profound, particularly. But taken together, it is a heart-warming and lovely film to bask in. The historical vibe was spot on, and the people involved were interesting and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It is suitable for kids, of course, but very sweet and nice for adults as well. Go see it. You'll be glad you did!
Visually dazzling and a delightful film overall (by TheLittleSongbird)
I personally would have liked The Water Horse to have been longer, but as a family movie it really delighted and charmed me. The story is very creative and helped by a very believable relationship between the boy and the monster and a poignant ending, and the script never feels mawkish or over-simplistic. The direction is consistent and there is some very believable acting, not just from Alex Etel but from Emily Watson, Brian Cox and especially David Morrisey as well. Visually, The Water Horse is dazzling. The effects on the monster are excellent while the scenery and cinematography are <more>
gorgeous, and I equally loved the efficient pace and lovely soundtrack. Overall, visually dazzling and delightful. 9/10 Bethany Cox
I saw the trailer and the making of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, I don't know, something about this film just captured me. It just seemed like a really creative story and looked like a great family film. So, I decided to go ahead and check it out today and I have to say that it really did live up to my expectations, it was a cute film for the whole family to enjoy. It's a different version of Free Willy I think, lol, sounds crazy, I know, but I think you'll agree when you see it. It's definitely a tear jerker, but one of the better films I've seen in a little while <more>
in the theater. It was made very well and I'm surprised it hasn't gotten more notice, but like I said, I think I just saw something special in the story. We haven't had a Lochness monster movie, all we know is the infamous picture that has never been prove to be fake or real, and The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep tells us the story behind that picture.Agnus is a young and lonely boy in Scotland, his father who he was very close with has just gone off into WWII to fight. His home has just been taken over by English soldiers to fight off the German's. His family has lost something too, life and laughter. But when Agnus comes across what looks like a strange rock, is actually an egg left by an Water Horse, the rarest of all creatures, there can only be one in the world at a time. But he takes care of the baby who is water bound, while protecting him from his mom and the soldiers. But when the water horse, he named Crusoe, has grown too big, he and a family friend put him in the Lochness Lake where he is spotted and is now known as the infamous Lochness Monster.The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep is truly and honestly a good film. It has such a magical touch like The Secret Garden, where it's a serious story, but it's for the family. I thought it was very well made, the visual effects are very good and not over done, which was great, because obviously the Lochness monster is going to be CGI, but they made it look so real, and so lovable, lol, like I said, I did cry, it's a tear jerker. The characters are terrific, they really found terrific actors for the roles. Alex Etel does a beautiful break out performance as Angus and was so charming. I would highly recommend The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, it's one of the best family films I have seen in a while.8/10
It is reassuring to see more and more family-oriented films being issued without everyone having to rely on the Disney and Pixar folks to carry all the weight. That said, it would have been interesting to see what Disney might have done with this story. In the end, I would highly recommend this for family viewing - it has laughs, thrills, beautiful scenery, and a heartwarming storyline that offers opportunities for family discussion.As with most things, there are good and bad sides to this film. On the plus side, the acting is above-par by all the actors the adult male leads look startlingly <more>
like a young Liam Neeson and a Gaelic Antonio Banderas , the location footage is gorgeous, the period "feels right", and the title namesake is very well executed and most believable. Major kudos to the special effects teams, they did a magnificent job.On the downside, the denouement is telegraphed well in advance and comes as no surprise, and there are some unanswered questions and several plot lines end without resolution. I have a feeling a "directors cut" would probably restore studio-mandated cuts and resolve these issues. The Director, Jay Russell, has helmed other very successful films including a little-known but personal favorite "End of the Line" which were also obviously "fiddled with" by studio decree. Such is the business of film-making.In the end, I greatly enjoyed this film, and plan to add it to my vast collection when it is released for home viewing.
Just to See the Creature Itself Is Worth the Price of Admission Alone! (by polster3)
Oh man! Me and my five year old son saw this movie tonight and we had a rollicking good time..... it started off slow and surprisingly somber the kids dad is off at war; he's lonely, sad .... however, once the water horse itself grows and is released into the loch, the movie turns into magic! Seeing the full-grown Cruscoe rise from the depths of the water had us both wildly cheering out loud, and the scene when the kid rode on his back and went for an underwater sea romp was pure celluloid gold -- beautifully filmed and an AMAZING RIDE!!!! Furthermore, while the "drama" at <more>
the beginning lagged, I actually find myself kind of into the anti-war drama towards the end. All in all, a most satisfying night out at the movies!