Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Water Horse Movie: Ardkinglas House, Scottish Manor House

Ardkinglas House on the shore of Loch Fyne, Argyll

Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll, against a spectacular background of mountain and forest, Ardkinglas House is an architectural gem.

This manor house is the real star of the 2007 movie, The Water Horse. I watched it several days ago and loved it. The manor house if full of antiques and the decorating is wonderful, better than Downton Abbey.
Read Roger Ebert's two thumbs up review here.

Like most British family films, "Water Horse" doesn't dumb down its young characters or insult the intelligence of the audience. It has a lot of sly humor about what we know, or have heard, about the Loch Ness monster and various frauds associated with it, and fills the edges of the screen with first-rate supporting performance. Imagine a family film with actors the caliber of Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin and Brian Cox as an old-timer who spins stories in the local pub."

I ran across this film quite by accident and decided to watch it because it stars Emily Watson, one of my favorite British stars. Watch it, you'll like it.
photos via Google images

UPDATE: I found the complete movie of The Water Horse for you on YouTube. WATCH IT HERE. Yay!


libraryeducator said...

Thank you for your "watching" recommendations!! I have discovered so many gems from you as we share the same taste. Thank you!

teaorwine said...

just added to the Netflix queue. Looks awesome.


Content in a Cottage said...

teaorwine -- Sharon...you will love it. I still haven't seen your Woman in Gold recommendation but it's on my list.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

libraryeducator -- You will absolutely love this movie. Especially the scene where Angus climbs a steep library ladder to reach the balcony library full of antiquarian books. He locates the correct volume of Wood's Natural History and runs back to the workshop to research his newly hatched water creature.
Enjoy -- Roseary

The Queen Vee said...

Rosemary, I took three of my grandsons to see this movie when it orginally came out. Your review makes me want to see it again and those gorgeous Scottish photos.