A fantasy-drama released in 2007, The Water Horse is about the legendary Loch Ness monster and a boy who hatched an egg bearing a baby creature of that ilk. Set in a Scottish manor house on the edge of the Loch, the scenery is spectacular, both land and underwater. This is a delightful family film, with a more serious underlying theme about the hardships of war, WWII, in this case. With the possible exception of Emily Watson, American audiences are likely to be unfamiliar with most of the cast. Alex Etel as Angus, the lad who befriends the water horse, and Ben Chaplin as the estate’s handyman, and, of course, the eponymous Crusoe, steal this show, as they conspire to keep the little critter a secret. There is a series of comical scenes depicting the havoc wreaked by their failed attempts, and soon Crusoe has grown much to large to hide. Into the Loch he goes, to live the life he was meant to, but his very existence is threatened by the maneuvers of a battalion of artillery men who are charged with protecting the loch from German subs (really!)
The Water Horse is a truly magical story, suitable for all ages. Pop some corn and settle in with Angus and Crusoe on the next dark and stormy night.