Buck is the inspiring story of a real-life
horse whisper called Buck Brannaman whose complex and abused past still
haunts him today. Originally a Rodeo child star, Buck's life has been
far from idyllic and director Cindy Meehl does an amazing job at
fleshing out the story of our reluctant hero in this documentary.
Opposed to other horse trainers who use
harsh discipline, Buck approaches his horses as equals which allows him
to easily train these equines as he travels around the United States. At
first Brannaman seems like a formidable person, dressed in his cowboy
regalia, however his humble nature soon becomes the dominant force,
making him instantly likeable.
With that said, Meehl does a great job at highlighting the story of Buck
by linking his traumatic childhood to his passion of training horses.
From his childhood, he realised that cruelty is not the key to training
as he informs the viewer of his wisdom of life and horses.
Seeing Brannaman in action is such a treat
and his mastery of these horses is quite inspiring to watch. There are
no instruments of torture here but rather, a careful regime of trust and
training that allows him to create these visual spectaculars. Brannaman
even allows Meehl into his personal life as we get a small insight into
his family whom he spends quite amount of time away from in order to
help horses with people problems.
This beautifully presented documentary is
presented in widescreen on DVD with sharp images, earthy colours and
strong video. Audio is equally as good and there are a handful of
special features with commentary to an informative exclusive Australian
interview. In the end, Buck is an endearing documentary about one mans
life work to help the horses of America.
Australian exclusive interview with Buck Brannaman
Commentary with Buck Brannaman, Cindy Meehl and Julie Goldman