SPIRIT UNTAMED – “Trots out a pleasant, albeit cliched, family-fun adventure”
Elaine Bogan and Ennio Torresan Jr. (Directorial debut)
- Isabela Merced as Fortuna "Lucky" Prescott
- Jake Gyllenhaal as James "Jim" Prescott
- Marsai Martin as Prudence "Pru" Granger
- Mckenna Grace as Abigail Stone
- Julianne Moore as Cora Prescott
- Walton Goggins as Hendricks
- Eiza González as Milagro Navarro-Prescott
- Andre Braugher as Al Granger
It is based on the Netflix animated series Spirit Riding Free, as well as a spin-off of the film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Lucky Prescott's life is changed forever when she moves from her home in the city to a small frontier town and befriends a wild mustang named Spirit.
Spirit Untamed trots out a pleasant, albeit cliched, family-fun adventure. In fact, the biggest thing the film has going for it, is its spirit – pun intended. It really is an uplifting and heart-warming journey between girl and horse. It’s just too bad that it’s been done so – many – times – before. Yep, this is yet another tale of a “headstrong city girl spending the Summer in the country, only to tame a dangerous animal.” Of course, there’s some touching family elements added to the mix, all of which are no doubt enhanced by the delightful voice performances (Jake Gyllenhaal should probably do more of this type of thing). And, much like the previous big screen Spirit outing, the animation is an enchanting wonder to behold. The vibrant slickness of it all makes for some enjoyable eye candy, as does the movie’s rather moving soundtrack. It’s just a shame then, that the plot didn’t go the extra mile as well, as this horse-trotted excursion is one you’ll be sworn you’ve taken before!