We've had our seven year old grandaughter staying here with us for a few days and have done all sorts of things - gardened, gone for walks, shopped, read and talked about books, and she really enjoyed spending a day with her 18 month old cousin yesterday. Today though we went off to the cinema and we had such a good time that I felt I should recommend the movie to all and sundry. It was The Water Horse and here's a link to the website where you can watch an excellent trailer and find out all about it.
The story is about a young boy called Angus who lives with his mother and sister on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland. It's the height of World War 2 and Angus's father is away fighting in the navy, or so we are led to believe. The boy is a bit of a loner, afraid of the water, but drawn to it nevertheless, and it's while he's rock-pooling one day that he finds an egg. He takes it home and hides it in his father's old work shed but that night the egg hatches and a small dragon-like creature is revealed. The next day a platoon of soldiers unexpectedly arrives and nothing is certain any more, least of all the creature that comes to be known as Crusoe, a magical water horse, whose behaviour is chaotic and unpredictable but who is the only friend Angus has.
The film stars thirteen year old Alex Etel.
It nearly drove me mad all through the movie trying to remember where I had seen him before. Tonight I checked the imdb and felt so stupid - he played the boy 'Harry' in the BBC's wonderful adaptation of Cranford. Believe you me he is every bit as impressive in this film as he was in Cranford.
Anyway, the film itself was pure delight. Yes, it is for children but there is plenty there for adults as well and my husband and myself both loved it. The cast were all excellent, the story was beautifully told, and the Scottish scenery was out of this world. If you don't see it for any other reason, see it for that!
The movie is actually based on the book of the same name by Dick King-Smith.
I've already ordered it for my grandaughter, from The Book Depository, and am hoping she'll lend it to her grandma when she's read it!