Buck is essentially a film about one extraordinary individual so affected by his damaged childhood that he sought to find a positive outlet for the pent-up pain. By way of incredible cathartics, Brannaman forms deep and enduring friendships with his hoofed companions to replace the failed ones with humans in his early life, eventually making a name for himself as the original 'horse whisperer' - inspiring the Robert Redford-starring family drama of 1995.
The film's interviews and therapy sequences are both well-paved and balanced - each chunk of insight offers another glimpse at a multiple-faceted boy-man. Brannaman's childlike kindred spirit still shines through, yet his determined and decidedly less naive adult nature presides. The bond between himself and his daughter is secure but not over-affectionate - as with the horses, Buck's human relationships are beautiful and full of love, but exist realistically and non-indulgently. The same goes for the heart-warming, witty repartee shared with his adoptive mother.
Some compelling and contrasting moments are executed in this faithful work, with Buck showcasing a lovable fighter deserving of his worldwide reputation; this insightful documentary is really quite special, and at times more than a little tear-inducing.