I looked forward to seeing this for months - as soon as I heard it was coming out, actually. But I was worried that it might disappoint, as the book was so very good. This film met my expectations (hopes) and then some. The actors are brilliantly chosen - each perfect for the roles as I imagined them when reading. All the important events in the book are chronicled with incredible visual accuracy. There are heartbreaking moments, and humorous moments, and everything in between, but as the film progresses you will find your heart bursting with pride and admiration for Temple and those who supported her remarkable journey. Her contribution to society has been immeasurable.
Her candid account of how she believes that animals perceive their world is a very good one and it explains a lot about why horses act the way they do in certain situations. One of my favorite analogies she uses (in the book) is this: Imagine that you lived somewhere where you saw people frequently walking down the sidewalk. And one day, you stepped outside your door and saw people walking down the sidewalk.... on their hands. You'd probably freak out (I know I would). This is the type of situation that arises when a horse spooks at a perfectly familiar item - in a context that is unfamiliar. The book and movie are full of thought provoking theories like this - that can really help us understand, and empathize, with our animal friends when they do things that don't make sense.
The movie shows these moments as if you're looking through Temple's eyes. Which is really cool - because she was there during the making - to help them create the most accurate portrayal of her life. This one is a must-see for everyone.