Friday 31st January 2014

Director: Joe Johnston
Year: 2004
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Zuleikha Robinson, Louise Lombard

Another movie that has been sitting around for ages waiting to be watched, we're finally making an attempt to get through them all. 12 to go after this one, which isn't bad!

Hidalgo isn't quite what I was expecting it to be. I knew it involved horses, and I knew it had Viggo Mortensen in it. I was expecting it to be a little more serious than it was though. It tells the tale of Frank T. Hopkins (Mortensen), who was an American horse rider who entered a lot of long distance horse races.

Hidalgo is about his entry into a horse race across the Arabian desert, and how the odds were stacked against him. I'm pretty sure a lot of what happens here is made up, because the movie veers into silly action adventure a number of times, with some proper Disney-like evil characters who are trying to kill Hopkins and his horse.

None of this is to say that the movie isn't fun, it's fast-paced, a fun story and kept me watching. It's just also quite silly in places.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.