War Horse

Stars: ★★★★

Year: 2011

Country: USA 

Director:  Steven Spielberg

Cast: Jeremy Irvine (Albert), Peter Mullan (Albert’s dad), Emily Watson (Albert’s mom), Tom Hiddleston (Captain Collins), Benedict Cumberbatch (Maj. Stewart), Celine Buckens (Emilie), Niels Arestrup (Emilie’s grandfather)

Genre: Drama – History – War

Steven Spielberg comes back with another of his war epic movies, but this time the protagonist is a horse called Joey. He’s born and raised by Albert Naracott’s side, a young farm boy living in the England of the early twentieth century. He teaches Joey plenty of things and they grow closely attached to each other, but when World War I breaks out and his family starts facing financial problems, his father decides to sell the animal to the army. Now a war horse and away from Albert, Joey will go from one owner to the other as he struggles for his life. Will Albert be able to keep his promise and get together with his horse again?

When watching this movie I couldn’t help feel that the people behind it was trying too hard to impress me, using the most easy and simple tricks they could think of. It seemed like an obvious attempt to touch the audience and get a few Oscars in the way, what made it at least for me, not moving at all.

Nevertheless, War Horse could be seen from a different perspective, we could see it as a movie for children and their families, and then I would say it is remarkable. The film is realistic though not overly graphic in its depiction of the war, so children would learn about it without getting horrified. And despite I don’t think the plot is so brilliant, it is certainly beautiful and sweet.

The cast of the movie is good enough, and I liked that filmmakers didn’t rely solely on big names, but also gave an opportunity to relatively unknown actors and actresses. Photography and music are superb (and two of the tools that Spielberg uses in his attempt to move you). I particularly liked photography, including some beautiful landscape shots and awesome war scenes.

Finally, I would like to point out a scene that I loved, involving the injured horse Joey, and two rival soldiers, an English and a German. I’m not going to go into details because I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it. I just wanted to say I love the message it conveys (similar to that one in the great All Quiet on the Western Front). The scene is simple but really well done, and it reminds you once again of the beauty of cinema.

As I said before, I don’t think this movie is as spectacular as is pretends to be, but it is still worth-seeing. You’ll probably have a good time watching it, and who knows, maybe Spielberg will manage to steal a couple of tears from you. ☜

Watch the trailer ↓

– Written by GuadiRC –


3 Responses to War Horse

  1. Pingback: Movies – War Horse | Glutton for books, movies & series

  2. Nostra says:

    It didn’t move me either and although it looks beautiful it felt like it was trying to manipulate the viewer just a little bit too hard.

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