The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.

I must confess: I could watch people with Scottish accents read the phone book aloud. When they are saying something interesting, that’s just icing on the cake. This film is quite simply a charming, wholesome, family film, bad computer generated imaging aside, that really is a refreshing change of pace.

Angus MacMorrow (Alex Etel) is going through a rough patch. His father has been killed in the war, his mother is a weary war widow, and a battalion…(regiment?)…a bunch of military personnel have taken over his house. His only joy is this mysterious creature that has hatched from an egg he found and seems to have imprinted on him.

The brooding handyman, Lewis (Ben Chaplin), explains to Angus that he seems to have found a water horse, a mythical creature that most think doesn’t exist. It’s up to Angus and Lewis to get the creature to safety before any of a number of threats harm it.

Told in flashback by the present-day Angus (Brian Cox), this charming legend of the Loch Ness monster is fun for kids and adults alike. It was also great to see a way-underrated Chaplin (The Truth about Cats and Dogs, Birthday Girl) on the big screen. Emily Watson rounds out the cast beautifully as Angus’ overwrought mother. All in all, the CGI is mildly off-putting, but that was my only complaint about this—in the truest sense of the word—family film.

It's a 7.