First off I had no idea that Disney was even making this movie let alone that it was already out so that was a surprise to me. Now I’m not a die hard Black Beauty fan or anything but I have read at least some of the book (can’t remember if I read it all) and have seen at least the 1994 movie. So I am clearly the number 1 authority on all things Black Beauty without at doubt.
All in all the movie was a good watch but I without a doubt liked the 1994 movie way better. The biggest problem was that they made the movie take place in modern times. As a lot of people know Black Beauty goes through a shit ton of abuse and trauma and before I even started the movie I was confused on how are they going to explain the type of abuse that takes place in 2020. Call me an optimist but I like to think that the stuff that Beauty goes through would be much harder to happen now then it was in the 1800’s. Now I’m not saying that I didn’t feel bad for the modern day Beauty (I definitely teared up once) it just wasn’t as bad as the abuse that the past Beauty went through.
The second problem I had with 2020 Black Beauty was that they basically changed a movie about a horse to a horse girl movie. Some of you may be confused about the difference so I’ll give you a very basic way to tell the difference, a horse movie is about horses a horse girl movie is about the relationship between the girl and horse. Classic Black Beauty is an honest horse movie just about the horses life and maybe a little bit of the human/horse relationships. This 2020 movie was 90% about the relationship between Black Beauty and this girl Joe, it’s sweet I’ll admit it but it’s just a little boring to me.
So, all around I’d give it a 6 out of 10 it’s a good watch but not as good as the old one.