The Staff | December 29, 2011
“Buck,” directed by Cindy Meehl
Horses are in these days. With “War Horse” doing great things critically and financially, they’re not getting quite the eye rolling with the filmerati that they’re use to. The marvelous “Buck” by Cindy Meehl not only underscores this, it also moves the needle a degree towards moral and aesthetic excellence that’s often seen in the likes of Herzog and Wiseman.
“Buck” follows Buck Brannaman on a nine-month stretch as he works with horses with “people problems.” The goal, which is methodically reached, is conquering the fears and torments of these horses by espousing confidence, kindness, respect and compassion. It puts Robert Redford’s stab at the subject (“The Horse Whisperer”) to bloody embarrassing shame.