People who love horses tend to fill their homes with horse related items. They might have horse shoes nailed above their doorways, horse related books on their shelves, pictures and paintings of horses on the walls, and of course horse movies on their DVD rack. If you're just getting into horse culture and you haven't yet seen the staples, the 1998 film The Horse Whisperer should be at the top of your list. This article will introduce you to the movie's appeal for horse lovers.
The Horse Whisperer, which is based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Evans, tells the story of Grace (Scarlett Johansen) who loses part of her leg in a terrible riding accident and leaves her horse Pilgrim permanently spooked. To avoid having Pilgrim put down, Grace's mother Annie (Kristen Scott Thomas) a magazine editor, takes them from New York to Montana to work with Tom Booker (Robert Redford) a noted trainer or "horse whisperer" who can help both Grace and her horse recover from their trauma.
At 170 minutes long, many people find that the film drags somewhat, but for people whose homes are filled with horse memorabilia, slow storytelling is not a problem because of the beautiful horse and scenery cinematography. Those who enjoy romantic storylines will also like the romance that develops between quiet cowboy Tom and Grace, the city girl. The film was nominated for several awards, including the Oscar for best song and the Golden Globes for best picture and best director. Robert Redford also directed the film.
One drawback for horse lovers who know a thing or two about horse handling is that the film may seem inaccurate at times because certain scenes regarding safety precautions and training procedures had to be edited for length. So much in the way that too much knowledge could ruin any inaccurate movie for you, knowing too much about horses may actually make you enjoy The Horse Whisperer less than you would if you were just getting into the subject.
If you need a movie to watch on your laptop, go with The Horse Whisperer, especially if you find yourself dreaming of having the space to run a horse. You can find The Horse Whisperer on DVD in almost any video store as well as online and in your cable company's On Demand repertoire. The cost to rent it hovers between four and seven dollars, so you may actually be better off purchasing a copy from the cheap bins at a department store.