A couple critics on the RT circuit hailed the “poetry” of The Rider. I’m not sure how poetic it is. But it’s good. The plot development is lacking, but the film’s strength lies in its characters. The performances, and then the movie as a whole, is as realistic as you will ever see in a non-documentary film. There is a poetry in that, of a sort — but I don’t think that’s what the critics are talking about. With characters this engaging, the characters ARE the story. But still, I need more cowbell. Or more story. One of those two.
The scenes of horse training are engaging, even fascinating. OK, maybe even poetic.
I recommend The Rider, but with all the caveats as if it were a 6. Watch the trailer, then understand this is not a rosy picture. If you still think you’d like it, go for it and you shouldn’t be disappointed.
Note: Part II will be Lean on Pete, if I can get a decent showtime, which looks highly unlikely.