Perth International Arts Festival – Buck review

Buck – Directed by Cindy Meehl. Rated PG. Originally published August 1, 2011. By Simon Miraudo.

This review was originally run during the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Buck plays the Perth International Arts Festival from January 23 to February 5. Click here for more details.

Following the exploits of real-life cowboy (as well as inspiration and advisor on The Horse Whisperer) Buck BrannamanBuck is a warm and sweet-natured, uncomplicated doco tailor made for people who like a) horses and b) being made to smile. Director Cindy Meehl doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel here, but she knows well enough to step out of the way of her wildly charismatic subject and let him bewitch the audience, just as he does while breaking in a wild steer.

From his troubled past with an abusive father, to his current standing as a sensitive, respected horse trainer/horse-owner therapist, Buck is a generous tribute to a good ol’ fashioned nice guy.Its unassuming conventionality keeps it from being ‘great’, but it’s hard to even think about those kinds of things during the film, when you’re in the presence of such a wildly appealing character.

3/5

Check out Simon’s other reviews here.

This review was originally run during the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Buck plays the Perth International Arts Festival from January 23 to February 5. Click here for more details.

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