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Black Beauty review – gender-swapped classic makes Beauty a ‘mare

A few nods to climate change and disability cannot reinvigorate this bland, corporate retelling of a beloved tale

The children’s classic Black Beauty gets another screen adaptation, this time from Disney: a modern-ish take in which the young human heroine is seen writing stuff in her school exercise book about climate change and horses are shown as therapy for disabled young people. But it’s a sonorously well-meaning film that bathes everything in the bland, buttery sunlight that Disney always produces and in which the human performances are as opaque as the ones given by the horses

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