War Horse (Flack’s Review)

Posted on | December 26, 2011 | 1 Comment

War Horse (Flack’s Review)
5 Stars

War Horse is about Albert and his beloved horse named Joey. Joey is taken off to World War 1 but sadly,Albert is too young to join. Many lives are touched as the miraculous horse goes through various yet kind owners. Eventually Albert is allowed too enlist but amidst the horrors of war the two wonder if they’ll ever see each other again.

The latest film from Steven Spielberg came out yesterday and it will be a classic that won’t be forgotten. I had high expectations. I’d read the great book by Micheal Morpurgo and I’d seen the Tony- winning Broadway play. However nothing can prepare you for the stunning ride Spielberg takes you on. Both visually dazzling and emotionally powerful, this movie is excellent. This is the first non fantasy or action movie directed by Steven Spielberg I’ve ever seen. And boy, is it just wonderful.

Although it will definitely be remembered as a modern classic it seems as though the movie could have been made in the 50’s. One of the final shots looks just like Lawrence of Arabia and the epic battle scenes seem nicely old fashioned. Jeremy Irvine in his big screen debut is only in about less than half the film yet still delivers an Oscar worthy turn. Everyone else is great especially Tom Hiddelston. He was rather mediocre as Loki, the villain in Thor but makes you really care for him when he plays Captain Nicholls here. The score by John Williams is his best since the Jurrassic Park theme, back in 1993,19 years ago. Januz Kaminski’s cinematography especially captures the war battle scenes nicely.

Many of the scenes are very memorable including a long battle scene involving gas bombs and No Man’s Land. I would however be lying if I didn’t say that the middle was a bit too long but I do disagree with most other critics who thought that the beginning was boring. The scenes in which Albert and Joey must work together to plow the field is exciting,suspenseful, and eventually very cheerful. In fact, the only part of the film that should be cut out is when Joey is pulling the tanks, a sequence that comes two quarters of the way through. Other than that however I couldn’t have wished for a more Spielbergianly emotional movie that has both jump out of your seat and cheer parts as well as sad and gloomy yet epic war sequences.

My favorite scene is at the end of the film(SPOILER-FREE!!!) It involves a hospital and I absolutely love it because it’s one of those times when you want to just scream yay.

My favorite character is Joey because of how compassionate he is. I also think the horses playing him is pretty brave.

This movie is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of war violence and I definitely agree. It’s good for kids ten and up.

If this movie wins the Best Picture Oscar (which I hope and think it will) it will be the second time in the row that I’ve seen the winner, after The King’s Speech in 2010. This movie is a must-see. You’ll walk out of the movie theater with a smile on your face, a tear in your eye, and the feeling in your heart that Steven Spielberg has created a masterpiece.


One Response to “War Horse (Flack’s Review)”

  1. Abid
    December 31st, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    War Horse is a movie about war, peace, human suffering and compassion to animals. In the midst of war we see comradeship and respect to each other side of the antagonism- a scene where an American soldier and a German soldier met face to face to rescue a trapped horse and they agreed to honor their commitment of who would own the horse. The looser (German) accepted his misfortune and gave it to the American with nice shaking hands.

    The movie is full of unexpected turn around of events, which keep the viewers on edge and looking for the next event.

    I was left with two touching scenes- Albert trying to fit the collar on the horse, and after hesitation both began connecting with each other. The second is the reunion between Joey and Albert.

    American producers tend to augment horrible scenes for the purpose of exaggerated events. Scene of fighting could be shortened rather than prolong the horror of war; but this is the style of Steven Spielberg.

    Ending the movie was the reunion of the four but it was done poorly. What we saw was their shadows where it could have been more effective if we saw their faces reflecting their jubilance of the return of Albert and Joey.

    The overall the movie deserves Oscar nomination for director, cinematography, and sound. There was no major actor in the movies. Each of the actors played a short role throughout the movie except Joey.

    I really enjoyed the movie and both Flick and Flack wrote excellent reviews, but I give it ****1/2 four and a half stares.

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