Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Engaging but, by the end, surprisingly intense fantasy adventure, set during World War II, in which a forlorn Scottish boy (Alex Etel), coping with the absence of his sailor father (Craig Hall), discovers an egg in the waters of the local loch that hatches a rapidly growing dinosaurlike creature which he eventually identifies as the "Water Horse" spoken of in Celtic legends and which he nurtures with the help of his sister (Priyanka Xi) and a war-veteran handyman (Ben Chaplin), while concealing its existence from his housekeeper mother (Emily Watson) and the strict Army officer (David Morrissey) whose soldiers are encamped on the estate she serves. Director Jay Russell's screen version of Dick King-Smith's 1990 children's book, like its title character, starts off unthreateningly, but gets steadily more ominous as it moves toward a turbulent climax that would likely frighten most young children. Fantasy violence, one crass expression and one profanity; acceptable for less sensitive younger viewers. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
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