It definitely has charm. However, the idea that that many people could have such an affinity for a horse, not a person, mind you, but a horse, is rather difficult to believe. Also, the horse does a few things that I don't think a real horse could actually do. That being said, I can see why so many people liked it. Now, if you go into it thinking, as I did, that only about 20 to 25% will be about the horse, and the rest of the movie will have a really awesome story, then you will be terribly mistaken. The whole, entire movie is about the horse!