Ready to jump back on the horse for some inspirational story? Then check out our review of the new to DVD drama "Midnight Stallion" out now from Vivendi Home Entertainment. Saddle up for the review below!
Title: "Midnight Stallion"
Grade: 2 1/2
Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Jodelle Ferland, Chelah Horsdal
Director: William Dear
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 91 minutes
Release Company: Vivendi Home Entertainment
The Flick: Okay, this is a basic "The Black Stallion" style rip off, but that’s not even "Midnight Stallion’s" major problem. There’s a fine layer of super schmaltz throughout this one, which is surprising since the helmer is famed director William Dear. (Yes, he of "Timerider" and "Harry and the Henderson’s!") The heavy-handed style and purposeful going for the heartstrings vibe sadly knocks down normally amazing actors like Kris Kristofferson and Jodelle Ferland and turns them into over-emoting stereotypes. This one is watchable and for those with no cinematic palate the drama within may be fine for you, but Dear has done better.
Best Feature: The 'Making of' featurette is a big love fest – not exactly thrilling stuff!
Best Hidden Gem: Much like "The Black Stallion" there is some very graceful shots of the horse Midnight (there were four!) doing his thing.
Worth the Moola: Need a family flick and don’t care if it has panache? Your stallion awaits!