The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Predictable family fantasy not as good as book.

PG 2007 113 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 23 reviews

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Not for kids under 12

I read other parent reviews before starting this with my kids. I don’t typically find they steer me too far wrong, but this time I have to disagree with most of the reviews. This movie is DARK and the imagery and music are often intense and scary. We read the book together and it was nothing like this. The first imagery of the boy imagining he’s drowning, while we watch him getting sucked under the water and appearing to drown, is a bit much for young kids. The night the water horse hatches, the thunder and lightning and creepy music and flashes of various gargoyle/statue faces (intended to be scary) was also a bit much. When the soldiers who moved into their house without warning (hello?) started talking about the Germans invading close to the house and then one of the men was shown standing over the bloody carcass of a dead buck, I asked my kids (age 8 and 10) if they wanted to watch something else instead and my youngest shouted an immediate and enthusiastic yes. Kids don’t tell you when they’re too scared, but if you give them an out and they need it, they’ll readily take it. My 10-year-old said nothing but didn’t complain at all about us turning the movie off. Don’t watch this with kids under 12 unless they’ve already been desensitized to scary stuff.

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