My daughter loves horse movies. She loves horses in general but she has always favorited movies with horses as the main storyline. When I saw that The Legend of Longwood was coming out on DVD I knew I had to get it for her. We were able to review the movie as a family together.
Crumbling castles, mysterious riddles, frightening spirits, beautiful horses and a plucky, fearless heroine – director Lisa Mulcahy has lovingly burnished the most beloved coming-of-age elements in this “quest” film, set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of rural Ireland, set to music from Brave composer Patrick Neil Doyle.
Watch the trailer for yourself to just see how beautiful the movie is. The actress and horses are not the only beauties. I now want to travel to Ireland and see the scenery featured in this film.
The film stars Lucy Morton as Mickey Miller, a thoroughly modern 12-year-old American girl whose great love is horses. Not surprisingly, she has little enthusiasm for her mother’s plan to take Mickey and her little brother to start a new life in a run-down mill she has inherited in Longwood, a windswept Irish town at the end of the world. Mickey’s presence in Longwood coincides with the return of the Black Knight, a legendary ruler who found no peace after his baby daughter was taken from him, and whose appearances always mean that something evil is going to happen to the villagers. Mickey hears and sees things that others can’t, and forms an immediate bond with Silver, the proudest, haughtiest, most untamable horse in the stalls of a nearby castle. Realizing that she is directly linked to the story of the Black Knight, Mickey and her new friend Sean set out to redeem the knight so as to bring lasting peace to Longwood. But first she must save the lives of seven horses and thwart the evil plans of a greedy, ambitious woman – a mighty handful even for the bravest girl!
Our family enjoyed The Legend of Longwood as a family-friendly flick.
Full Disclosure: Our family received a complimentary copy of The Legend of Longwood on DVD to review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links.