The real "Hidalgo" was my grandfather's horse and he was Native American and I have been trying to do a geneology despite my great ancestors(Native American "great grandparents) getting killed there was a name change, for my Native American Grandfather had been wondering around the mountains of southwest and was taken in by a Mexican family and gave my Grandfather, their sir-name. Written by
Hidalgo is one of those movies that comes along once in a blue moon. This is a movie NOT to be missed.
Viggo Mortensen's portrayal of a gentle, laid-back cowboy hearkens back to the golden age of cinema and would make the likes of Gary Cooper proud! His subtle blend of virtue such as honor, honest and pride - without being the least bit preachy, make watching his performance an utter joy.
All of the actors are brilliant in their roles, especially the one in the title role! Hidalgo is clever and entertaining without being unbelievable as many animal movies are these days. You won't find him standing on his hind legs and doing the hokey-pokey, but his talents are very evident and he becomes a hero that we all love before the end of the movie.
One of the best parts of this movie is the fact that it is a movie by grownups for grownups, although it carries enough action and suspense that kids will probably like it to. Absent, however is the sickeningly sweet "kids scenes" that we simply cannot get away from in movies today. No charming close ups of dimple-faced waifs. No little wise-mouthed child prodigies - nothing but good old fashioned grown-up fun! How refreshing.
You will be happy to know that the ending isn't as predictable as it could have been. Although falling into the "happy" category (of course), there are poignant moments and you might shed a tear.
One other aspect of this film which I found intriguing is the issue of examining and accepting who we are. It was very well done and meaningful.
Overall this film is easily a 10+. Please see it
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