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Tuesday December 18, 2007 9:51 pm

Getting Deep With ‘The Water Horse’

The Water HorseSure, I’ll admit it. I saw the trailers for and turned my nose straight up into the air. Like I really have the time to watch an entire movie with people acting to the air, as the star of the flick is nothing more than CGI and legend. Promoted far less than other big holiday blockbusters (I’m surprised I even caught the trailers, in-between scenes of a desperate running around in his flick), The Water Horse offers a fantastical alternative to family-friendly movies that deal exclusively in holiday laughs.

The low-key British flick is actually a period piece - set primarily during the WWII era - and told in flashback. Here’s how it goes: young boy wandering around the beach finds a strange egg and quite naturally takes it right home with him. (Every time I’ve ever found an odd, unidentified object which will no doubt hatch an unfamiliar creature, I’m itching to take it to my place of residence.) Anyway, the egg hatches to reveal, of course, .

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Gray and odd-looking, this little CGI friend will flip-flop around in the bathtub and later, the loch, offering audiences whimsical fancy, a touch of romance and some British-ish comedy. Now, I’m just speculating here, but I have a sneaking suspicion the water horse is the famed Loch Ness Monster – at least, that’s what audiences will be led to believe. But that’s just my best guess. Another guess is that won’t score big results. Too much special effects and comedy competition for folklore.

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