Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, The (2007, GBR/USA) C-112m. SCOPE ** D: Jay Russell. Starring Alex Etel, Ben Chaplin, Emily Watson, Eddie Campbell, Geraldine Brophy, David Morrissey, Brian Cox. Fantasy movie uses the legend of Loch Ness and weaves a story around it, about a little Scottish boy whose father is at war (WW2) and who finds a magical egg on teh beach one day. Inside is a kind of serpent or dragon, a water horse that grows at an incredible speed. Some beautiful photography (by Oliver Stapleton) but scripting remains standard. Rousing score by James Newton Howard. Based on teh novel by Dick King-Smith.

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