Crowning Music of Awesome: The orchestral soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. "Homeland" and "The Long Road Back" are awesome, but "Run Free" takes the cake, being, essentially, the pure awesome of every incredible horse race ever run distilled into musical form. And if you're okay with Bryan Adams, "You Can't Take Me" is a rousing anthem for freedom.
When the bald eagle soars over Spirit as he is dragged away, you can really see the despair in its eyes.
Some of the songs in other languages are awesome. A popular language that appeals to some people is Japanese.
The chase sequences are all awesome, with incredible backgrounds and choreography, but the crowner is that final leap for freedom.
A miniature Crowning Moment of Awesome comes in the Sound the Bugle scene. Spirit is having a Heroic B.S.O.D. because everything is seemingly lost - Rain, Little Creek, and any chance of ever seeing his home and his herd again. He's staring listlessly out the window, reminiscing over what he's lost. All this is potential Tear Jerker material, but the awesome comes when he ultimately remembers who he is and what he's fighting for. That look of determination that creeps back into his face is what makes the whole movie, because it shows that he really is a spirit thatcannotbe broken.
Spirit throwing off all his would-be riders in one long montage of failures is awesome for him, and then, as he finishes by charging at the men surrounding the corral (and they jump away even though the fence is between them), it becomes awesome for the Colonel as he stands totally unflinching as Spirit lunges at him. It is worth noting that the colonel actually is in some danger there, as his face is within biting distance if Spirit chose to attack him properly. He just stands there and exchanges Death Glares with Spirit.
One for the the Colonel, who proves that Authority Equals Asskicking when he manages to do a better job than all his men combined at taming Spirit and almost manages to break him. Of course, it becomes a CMOA for Spirit when he manages to muster up enough determination to continue fighting and defeats the Colonel by taking him by surprise.
Spirit and Little Creek see the Cavalry approach holding guns. Little Creek urges Spirit to gallop away. Seeing Little Creek barely dodge several bullets, Spirit runs back to Little Creek and scoops him up on his back. Doubles as a Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming.
Of course, the climactic "jump across the canyon" scene. It's so badass, the Colonel acknowledges it. Physically impossible? Yeah. Would have smashed every bone in a real horse's legs, probably into tiny splinters? Yeah. Defies every law of physics known to mankind? Yeah. So goddamn awesome that no one actually gives a flying fuck about any of the above? Uh, yeah. The nods of mutual acknowledgement Spirit and the Colonel then exchange are awesome in their own right, as well.
Little Creek coming out of nowhere and jumping the Colonel when he was about to shoot Spirit. This is awesome itself and it sets up the epic leap of Spirit and Little Creek over the massive canyon.
The fight with the cougar at the beginning of the movie. Not only does it serve as a bit of Foreshadowing as to how "wild" Spirit will be when being ridden by the soldiers (he bucks around with the cougar on his back, and nearly crushes it), but the music during that scene is just another case of Crowning Music of Awesome.