The Young Black Stallion Lacking the patient meditations of the stallion's original cinematic outing in 1979, this brief (less than an hour), brisk IMAX prequel (covering the horse's early… The Young Black Stallion Lacking the patient meditations of the stallion's original cinematic outing in 1979, this brief (less than an hour), brisk IMAX prequel (covering the horse's early… G PT48M Drama Kids and Family Richard Romanus Biana Tamimi Buena Vista Pictures
Movie Review

The Young Black Stallion

MPAA Rating: G
The Young Black Stallion | TALES OF WHOA The IMAX prequel to the 1979 ''Black Stallion'' finds a lost little girl riding tall in the saddle in post-WWII North Africa
TALES OF WHOA The IMAX prequel to the 1979 ''Black Stallion'' finds a lost little girl riding tall in the saddle in post-WWII North Africa
EW's GRADE
B

Details Rated: G; Length: 48 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Kids and Family; With: Richard Romanus and Biana Tamimi; Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

Lacking the patient meditations of the stallion's original cinematic outing in 1979, this brief (less than an hour), brisk IMAX prequel (covering the horse's early life in the post-WWII North African desert) opts for simpler life lessons: Girl Power and the Art of Strategic Disobedience, with a minor in Coping After Your Caravan Has Been Assaulted by Brigands. Separated from her family, little Neera (newcomer Biana G. Tamimi) is led through the desert by an adolescent colt so sleek and black, he's hard to look at -- he's just a beautiful, pony-shaped hole in the universe. Boy, can he run. And girl, can she ride. Director Simon Wincer (''Free Willy'') keeps his powder dry until the final sequence, in which Neera must run a panoramic desert race to win back her family fortune. The hoofbeats are seismic, the music is like hot cheese, and the sandy vistas thrill appropriately: It's a perfectly rousing Ben-Her of a centerpiece.

Originally posted Dec 29, 2003 Published in issue #745 Jan 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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