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Movie Review: Buck

When Stefan and I were in Colorado a few weeks ago, one of the relaxing things we did on our vacation was go to a movie. Rarely do we go to movies in the theaters, but we had a couple hours to kill where nothing was really going on in the city. We each had our "I really want to see this" choices, which were pretty much akin to our genders, but this was the movie we agreed on. I love horses, Stefan loves documentaries and it was a perfect fit.
BUCK is the true story of the real horse-whisperer. The man who inspired the film The Horse Whisperer , Buck Brannaman, had a tumultuous upbringing with a violent father, and finally came to a place of peace around horses. As Buck said in the movie, "I don't help people with horse problems, I help horses with people problems". The story itself is set up in documentary form ranging from his early childhood abuse and neglect, to his early twenties trying to figure out life, to showing many of his clinics and interviews with people he has helped with their animals and their life in general.
This movie was funny at times and all around touching. Stefan and I both felt that a lot of the principles Buck talks about could be applied to many parts of life, including parenting or other relationships. The main theme of the show is 'breaking' versus 'respect' and finding out which works better and why. We both thought this film was very well done and worth our money and trip to the theater.
I give Buck 4 out of 5 stars (and all the awards it won can back me up) for its genuineness, vulnerability, and lessons learned. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who loves a true story, or a show about animals, or a heartbreaking journey.


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