Reviewed bynelliebell-1Vote: 9/10/10
Though this is reviewed many years hence it is one of the time honoredtestaments of this media even some ten plus years having past,that thistribute was never the more beautiful then even now some ten years plussince then.This contribution comes at the expense of ones heart as yougrow in the knowledge of the possibility of a dream.Reality providesthe greatest test of ones courage under fire,though "Black Beauty" isbilled as a child's film,this adult had a very hard time not caring agreat deal about the wonderous even glorious relation we share with theanimal kingdom and nature.The film seems to be beautifully constructedperhaps deliberately with many areas of the film working very well.Itis a beautifully photographed film where these magnificent creaturesare showcased and nature is highlighted.There is in the telling of thisstory a narrator whose ability to place intelligence in the very heartof these magnificent beasts is heart warming and engaging,truly thisstory skirts the issue of inspiration,it is that beautifullytold.Historically soundtracks are there for a reason,this soundtrackalmost steals the show,it is such a testament to the creative abilitiesof Daniel Elfman.It is literally a great piece of musical compositionand motion picture scoring.If the reader wishes to know first handlisten closely from the very start and the human heart will be testedas to its ability to break.So loving and eloquent is this musicalinterlude that rarely is this mark been attained,it is beautiful.Iwatched this film 4 times in less than 24 hours and each time one ofthe reasons why I watched again and again was the lovely even emotionalinterplay between the film and the music.However last but not leastthough only for children it may very well be,it was very hard to takewhen the suffering ensues and the majestic Black Beauty and Gingerstruggle to survive.Truly it is a lovely sentimental story deeply heldand faithfully portrayed.The belief in a better world or in the dreamof another world is even now a thoughtful and abiding conviction in thelove we share when we share that love with each other.This is more thana children's story but a lessen in caring and it may actually surpriseyou to know that we must care for the wild as we have the privilege ofdominion over the wild.We must never abuse that privilege and alwayscare as a caretaker cares,such is the testament to this gracefultelling of the life of Black Beauty.Highly recommended for bothchildren and adults alike.
Reviewed byLT-10Vote: 9/10
This film is truly excellent. Not only does it feature superb location and music, but it is also an unforgettable story. You soon learn to look past the idea of "animals can't talk" and see how wonderful it really is, and you don't need to be young to enjoy. So powerful, it will bring you to tears.
Reviewed byamabiliscasaVote: 8/10
Black Beauty is, (at least in my opinion,) one of the most underrated films of all time. It seems to be widely ignored, for the reason that it doesn't seem to be targeted at any specific age group or audience. For the people that pass it by because it seems boring, or another childrens book adaptation, try it, it really is a wonderful picture. Anyone who likes animals, period pieces, or stories of courage and love would especially like it. The costumes, carriages and scenery are beautiful. And the horses! This movie is a horsepersons dream. The scenes featuring the horses were breathtaking...colts racing over green grass, a filly and pony trotting together, their sinewy legs moving together in smooth rhythm, an elegant black stallion rearing up; they were all absolutely beautiful. My favorite scene was the scene in which Beauty is being broken -(being taught to carry a rider). The wonderful line - "But once I discovered that he and I, that the two of us could become one, this business turned out to be perfectly glorious!" - the music swells, and the horse takes off, racing across the green, and everything else turns to a blur. (I get goosebumps thinking about it!)Kudos to the voice of Black Beauty - I don't know who it is, but he really made the picture. (And the horse, too - he was wonderful, a gentleman.) All in all, a beautiful, moving picture that no family should be without a copy of.(Some parts are sad.) Seven out of ten stars.
Black Beauty, a beautiful black stallion in 1870s England, recalls his life from his birth through his carefree life as a colt to the many hardships he suffered after achieving maturity. He goes through many owners, both good and bad, until he finally finds happiness and contentment.