Important messages, beautiful cinematography, family friendly
THE COLT presented in a straightforward manner the tragedies of war
from the individual soldier's point of view, on both sides. Important
message for children to understand is that there are "good guys",
decent human beings, on both sides. (This reminded me of some of
Tolstoi's scenes in WAR and PEACE where one sees other individual
soldiers struggling with the horrors of war).
The interplay between this wonderful little animal and the soldiers was
another effective way to teach children about caring for something more
vulnerable and innocent than ourselves.
I found the cinematography very beautiful at times and would enjoy
sharing this film with many other friends and family, preferably with
commercials left to the end or presented at the beginning..
A colt helps men reflect on their lives in a time of war.
The title is deceiving, this movie is much more than a tale about
horses. Not being one for sappy animal movies, I was a bit skeptical at
first. However, I was curious to see Merriman's performance after
watching him years ago on the television series THE PRETENDER so I
tuned in. With the Civil War as a backdrop, the story of the colt and
men engaged in regiments was very moving. I laughed, cried, and even
sat on the edge of my seat at times. It made me analyze history and
human behavior. This story explored emotion and compassion that are
often neglected in the history books. Suddenly, the Civil War becomes
more complex and unnerving- leaving the viewer an opportunity to see
humans at their best and worst. Merriman was superb and connected you
to his plight as a young Union soldier far from home, trying hard to
protect the innocent colt. If you enjoy historical drama, action, and
social commentary you will enjoy this film..