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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

A movie directed by Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook

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If You Really Love Horses...

  • Mar 22, 2004
If you really love horses, "Spirit" is a fair movie to watch. However, I like horses and couldn't sit through this agonizing movie. Neither could my two year old. It's boring, uneventful and the animation is no better than any other Dreamworks flick out as of right now. The characters aren't likeable and there are very few fun moments in the movie. I will have to say that the attempts at breaking "Spirit" were funny, but that's about where it ends.
The story moves at an agonizing pace. Forty minutes into the movie, the pace picks up a little bit. Other than that, the lack of dialogue leaves you wanting more. I'll give Dreamworks credit for attempting to use music as the horse's "voice," but Bryan Adams must have really ticked off a Canadian official to end up on this sinking ship.
The DVD extras aren't all that good either. The games didn't respond well to my remote, and the documentaries on the music and movie were just put in to allow the production team and Hans Zimmer to gush over themselves. They should keep their comments to themselves.

In closing, I hate to knock a movie so hard, but this movie is bad. I wouldn't feel right telling a person how great it is when it really isn't that amazing. If you still want to watch a movie about an animal that lacks dialogue, watch "The Bear." It is twenty times better than this movie and a whole lot easier to watch. Sorry for the bad review, but my conscious is clear for now.

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Most modern animation understands that the audience consists of a range, from the four-year-old to the forty. Unfortunately, Spirit doesn't. While the animation is professional, the plot and especially the music is excrutiatingly contrived and summarily uninspired. As soon as I heard the voiceover by Matt Damon, with its portrayal of an idyllic (and unrealistic) West, I knew we were in trouble, but it was the raspy singing of Brian Adams accompanying the playful antics of the young Spirit that moved …
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Horse lovers young and old will celebrate this utterly enjoyable and marvelous-looking animated film. The titular stallion runs free in the Cimarron (New Mexico) wilderness until a series of men try to master the proud horse, leading to adventures through a U.S. Cavalry fort, Native American settlements, and a railroad camp. Despite a heavy dose of political correctness and realism (the animals don't talk; we only hear Spirit's internal monologue, voiced by Matt Damon), directors Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook give their hero many only-in-a-movie moments, including an action sequence rivaling any of Rambo's escapes. The stirring mix of 2-D and 3-D animation is absolutely stunning and aptly fueled by composer Hans Zimmer's synthesized score. The film earns one demerit for '80s rocker Bryan Adams's abundant songs--a different singer could have brought more to the film. Rated G but there is some rough treatment of horses shown, so nix the sensitive preschoolers.--Doug Thomas
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