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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 13 (violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 8-13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children over the age of 13||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Water Horse: Legend of the Deep|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence; May frighten young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
In the midst of World War II a lonely boy named Angus (Alex Etel) finds a mysterious egg in a tide pool near a loch. The egg hatches and, with the help of his sister Kirstie (Priyanka Xi) and the new handyman, Lewis (Ben Chaplin), Angus attempts to keep the rapidly growing water horse a secret from his mother (Emily Watson), and nosy, fortune-seeking locals. This proves easier said than done, especially when Captain Hamilton (Davis Morrissey) and his regiments move in and set up camp downstairs.
While the navy prepares for possible submarine attacks on the loch, Angus must entrust his dearest friend, the water horse, whom he has named Crusoe and who has completely outgrown the bathtub, to the loch. Things take a turn for the worse when the soldiers test torpedoes in the lake. The once tame and peaceful water horse, afraid for his life, turns violent and wild. The attack that the Captain has long feared comes not from the advancement of the German forces but from a fabled creature that very few believe even exist.
While Angus’ life hangs in the balance, the tables turn and with a little faith, and a little friendship insurmountable obstacles are overcome and natural order restored.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
War; death of a parent; animal distress.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the violence and disturbing scenes described above.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Most children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
None of concern.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep is a family drama, best suited to older children and adults. It features beautiful scenery and great computer animated graphics but is also somewhat dark and heavy. The film is broken up by a present day storyteller recounting the story to two young tourists as well as Angus flashing back to conversations he had with his dad. Younger children may be both confused and bored by these changes in context and dialogue.
The main messages from this movie are to believe in the magic of childhood and that everything becomes possible when we face the things we fear most.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include friendship, faithfulness, compassion and courage.
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as blindly following orders, acting out of fear and trying to attack what we do not understand.
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