Spirit Untamed: A Tame Retelling of a Popular TV Series Origin Story
I wanted to like Spirit Untamed, I really did. And to be honest, it wasn’t a bad movie. Trust me, your kids will enjoy it, especially if they love the Netflix series it is based on. However, the story and the movie overall is just… meh. It is utterly forgettable and kind of bland. I guess that is what disappointed me the most because 2 years ago, we LOVED the Netflix series. My daughter was obsessed with Spirit and Lucky and all their adventures. Every time the episode rolled with the intro music she would stand up and start dancing. So, yeah… I really wanted to like this Dreamworks movie.
Spirit Untamed– the Storyline
Spirit Untamed is the epic adventures of Lucky Prescott, her gal pals, and their horses. It takes place in the 19th century Wild West (or Southwest… not clear where exactly). Lucky travels to Miradero to join her Dad, who owns/runs the railroad line in the region. While there, she meets Spirit, and untamed mare who literally won’t be tamed. However, he and Lucy form a strong bond of friendship as they navigate adventure, danger, and all kinds of other issues.
Why did it fall flat?
First off, if you are a fan of the Netflix show, you will notice a few differences. The voice actors are different for a few of the characters, so you will have to get used to some of the voices. And the animation is similar, but also a little different. It took us about 10 minutes to get used to the changes, but once we got pulled into the story, it was easy to forget about them.
Spirit: Untamed seems like a back story or origin story type of movie. Again, if you are a fan of the TV show, I believe the pilot for the series tells a slightly different story. However, this version is not bad… it’s just not very compelling.
Why your kids will like it
If you are looking for a good reason to dip back into a movie theater this summer, your kids will probably love Spirit Untamed. It is a fun movie, with tons of girl power adventure and likable characters. It is definitely a story of family, friendship, and love. So, as far as a family friendly flick– you are good there.Even the scary scenes aren’t squeamishly scary. So, this really could be the perfect summer popcorn and Junior Mints kind of movie your kids (especially your daughters) would get into.
Just go into it with low expectations and the realization that as soon as you leave the theater, you will quickly forget that you ever saw it.
And then go home and fire up the Netflix series for some really engaging stories of Lucky, her friends, and her horse companio who cannot be tamed.
Only in theaters June 4th!
Cast: Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marsai Martin, Mckenna Grace, Walton Goggins, Andre Braugher and Eiza González
Director: Elaine Bogan
Producer: Karen Foster