a great adventure film :). maybe the story is not real at all ( Frank T.Hopkins existed really but never went to that race: is a hoax, a invention of his memories...). but real history has nothing to do for a movie is good or bad....the films tend to lie, so if you want to learn history, read a history book or watch a documentary,... movies are to dream, to feel...
you enjoy a lot watching it. The script is ambitious and very well written (the guy who wrote it wrote too Disney`s Spirit, and the 80`s teen western Young Gun). good special effects and excellent action scenes. Dances With Wolves becomes in Lawrence of Arabia with a bit of Indiana Jones :P
some bad critics i read: the film has a lot of cliches of adventure films, or of sport films... well, what i always think when i read that critics about "cliches"...: that something is topic doesnt mean that is bad and worthless; and, on the other hand: being something in art completely new, just for being new doesnt mean is good... ( i can bring here the example of some modern conceptual artists that put a poo in a chamberpot, and they expose in a gallery :P of course: is new! never someone did it before... but just because is stupid!).
For that, i think that use cliches is not so bad... : nothing new down the sun, says the Bible in the Ecclesiastes book... is difficult explore new ways in narrative, and tell stories completely new in new ways... (well, with great exceptions: some directors as for example Ch. Nolan in Memento shows us a completely brand new ways of tell a story, but normally the stories are told with cliches) and sometimes is more important tell good stories in a excellent way, that explore new strange narrative methods... That is what Hidalgo is: a great story (never mind if the historic facts are true or false: is a movie!), intelligently told.
another Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, October Sky) correct and great movie. and is very classical... takes you to the classic action and swordfighting movies.
PD.- soon, in the early 2006, will be released the ambitious film Captain Alatriste, with Viggo Mortensen featuring the famous swashbuckling spanish soldier of fortune of the XVII century... the more expensive film of the spanish industry after the Amenábar`s The Others... what did director Díaz Yanes do with the marvellous Pérez-Reverte ("the Dumas grandson", call the French booklovers to that spanish writer) adventure novels? in a few months i will know the answer...
>>By Jim_Hawkins (Sunday, 18 Dec 2005 01:47)
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