War Horse (2011)(2011)
Separated by war. Tested by battle. Bound by friendship.
Spielberg directed war-drama, based on both the children's novel and its stage adaptation, about a British lad who sets out on a journey to rescue his horse from the battlefields of World War I.... More
Albert's (newcomer Jeremy Irvine) pet horse and best friend, Joey, is sold to the calvary at the outbreak of the first World War. Heartbroken, Albert heads to France to find his friend, despite being too young to enlist in the British army. The film follows Joey's journey across Europe and through the war, as well as Albert's search.
Also stars Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock) and Oscar-nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves).Hide
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
Do you remember how on the last day of school term, post exams, when teachers had nothing left to teach, we’d be sat indoors watching a VHS? Maybe they’ll try the War Horse DVD from now on. It’s that kind of afternoon-devourer of a film. Blandly innocuous, inoffensive with some well-intentioned relation to historical events, Spielberg’s equine-led schmaltz-bucket lacks excitement.... More
Opening in the 1910s, we are greeted with a sequence of filly and foal cantering around hillocks in a storybook Devon. Get ready for plenty more of this, says Spielberg. Unfortunately horses are not the most expressive of beasts and there is no escaping the blank-eyed, dead-brained void that the titular character provides. That’s even with John William’s incessant score providing our every emotional cue.
Joey (that’s the horse) progresses through several sequences, each populated with earnest, Dudley-do-rights that beat us over the head with heavy-handed sentiment. Finally he arrives in the muddy trenches on the Western Front, the bit where you’ll sit up and take notice, even if a sanitised lack of blood seems surprising for the director of Saving Private Ryan.
It’s vaguely notable to consider the stylistic references to classic British films, whether general (a ‘40s visual aesthetic of a romanticised, bucolic England) or specific (a cavalry charge influenced by a similar moment in Lawrence of Arabia), and Spielberg still has the odd moment of cinematic inspiration, but War Horse is a rather uninteresting film and sadly the first of the director’s that I cared nothing for.Hide
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War Horse (2011)
BY Josef lister
Mister Spielberg is sadly going down the same road as Mister Lucas by pouring millions to produce disappointing results. His demise began with the last Indiana Jones movie and continues with this. How it was nominated for Best Picture is beyond me! There are much better films that weren't even nominated that are far superior to this film. I sincerely hope he can turn things around with Lincoln.
BY Daphne-Carvalho superstar
I thought the scenery and backdrop for The War Horse was great. Everyone said how it was a terrible movie. Really, it was a pretty good story about the adventures and trials of a horse in WWI I. I'm not sure it was ever meant to be about WWI itself.
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BY filmlover superstar
Once again Speilberg has got it horribly wrong. Even the English village locations looked like Hollywood backlots.
Emily Watson's talents were sorely underused and what was Benedict Cumberbatch doing in this clunker? He must have been fooled into thinking this was going to be a WW1 story. Only one good scene in this.Don't bother going for it.
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