Although the movie’s conclusion is upbeat and and hopeful regarding the miners and the main families and all but one of the horses, the fate of that most beloved horse (who is blind) is heartbreaking and poignant. When one of the boys father comments about the sadness, the boy reminds him that up above in the fields he knew he was blind, but in the lightless mine pit he was a hero who knew the way. OMG OMG OMG. The performance of Chloe Franks was a standout, the most affecting of a strong cast. Alistair Sims performance made the character of the Lord who owned the mine profoundly creepy with his giggling. What was he thinking? All in all a top notch Disney drama with more darkness than expected, but which made it even more memorable. But I could never watch it a second time.
June 26, 2019