Don't waste this one on your children: buy it for yourself. A spectacular adaptation of the Anna Sewell novel
, this is faithful to the source material but creates a life of its own on the screen. Told from the point of view of the horse, it recalls a time and a place that could be both beautiful and cruel. Black Beauty
faced both hardship and kindness as he passed through the hands of many owners throughout his life. Some are generous, but the agonies endured by the title character may be too harsh for small children. Unfortunately, director Caroline Thompson did not resurrect her magical touch a few years later with another animal tale, Buddy
. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com
Directed by Caroline Thompson (the writer of 'Edward Scissorhands', 'The Secret Garden' and 'The Addams Family'), this is another reworking of the Anna Sewell classic about a horse which has been badly treated. Set during the late 19th Century, where poverty was high in London's East End, the tale follows the ups and downs of the life of the horse Black Beauty.