American Gangster

Starring Alexander Nathan Etel, Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin. Directed by Jay Russell
Running Time: 111 mins
Rated: Rated PG (mild violence, may frighten young children)

Set in the extremely picturesque Scottish Highlands during World War 2, The Water Horse is an adventurous film with a strong Celtic flavour.

Whilst frequenting a Scottish pub and viewing a picture of the mythical Loch Ness Monster, two American backpackers strike up a conversation with one of the locals. They and subsequently we, the audience, are then transported back in time where we are introduced to Angus, a young boy who lives with his mother and elder sister in a castle that borders the famous Loch Ness.

Angus is a loner and desperately misses his father who has left the family to fight in the war. His sad life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers a large egg lying in the shallows of the nearby lake and takes it home for safekeeping. A very cute and cheeky water horse is hatched and Angus very quickly learns all about the trials and tribulations of parenthood!

An enjoyable family film, that subtly deals with grief and loss amidst a military setting. There is plenty of adventure and suspense and a few laughs particularly when the water horse is young. The plot may confuse a younger audience as there are several time jumps and also the level of violence may frighten some children.

It is recommended for children, aged between 8 and 13 years. The magnificent scenery and Celtic soundtrack also make pleasant viewing for Mums and Dads!

Mrs Lisa Hughes is a cadet with the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting.

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