Parents' Guide to

Black Beauty (2015)

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Poor performances undermine positive themes; teen romance.

Movie PG 2015 86 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Oh my goodness NO!

WOW! I wish I'd read the bad review before suffering 1.5 hours through this terrible film. The acting was atrocious. Hesitating, wooden and words not really appropriate (jerk, loser) for my 7 year old horse- crazed girl. The main actress was so phony and didn't even do her own riding. The grandpa tried to be the sympathetic guy but came off like he had a bad memory! Like Perry was terrible. Came off as a controlling ass of a dad ("boys are pigs! I know because I was one") Don't start the movie with your kid or you'll have to watch till the end and suffer as they don't care about acting!
age 6+

THE REVIEWS ARE TRUE... IT WAS AWFUL!!

In my opinion, quite literally the worst film I have ever watched. I read the reviews but didn't quite believe anything could be that bad. My daughter is horse mad, which is why we thought we could overlook the negatives that others had raised, but even she was bored after about 10 minutes. The script is weak and clumsy, the acting wooden, the pace is just uncomfortable, and the storyline jumps all over the place. Even the sound levels feel so unbalanced that you can barely hear the dialogue in places, and there is an overpowering soundtrack with moments of time fill where you feel that something else really ought to be happening. The frequent voiceovers are completely pointless and just summarise things that the film really should have trusted its viewers to understand. The characters feel completely unbelievable. And for some reason the main character's arrival keeps tackily being announced by her legs first. I really can't think of anything positive to say, sorry! Oh... um... nice horse?? That was 40 minutes (we gave up!) I will never get back.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Though the movie's heart is in the right place, wooden acting, poor editing, and a weak script, make this 2015 TV movie a poor addition to the Black Beauty series. Characters are cliched -- from Luke Perry's overprotective father to the spoiled rich Blythe -- and relationships feel fake and unnatural. Audry's intermittent voiceover is unnecessary and subsequently annoying, spelling out the narrative that's playing out before our eyes. The same can be said for some of the dialogue with lines such as "It's not about the winning" and "I can do anything a boy can do" hammering home messages that have already been made clear.

Underneath these shortcomings lie a number of positive messages; friendship, teamwork, and determination. It's just a shame they are so overstated. Viewers who tune in to see galloping horses will also be disappointed, with Beauty being limited to close-ups with none of the birds-eye sweeping shots that have become accustomed with other Black Beauty movies. A disappointing addition to the series.

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