What I expected was an over the top tear jerking story, what I experienced was a gorgeous, breathtaking, epic adventure. Okay, maybe a little “over the top”, but epic just the same. Spielberg has never been the director to go to for subtlety, and War Horse is no different.
If you are not familiar with War Horse, it’s the story of a Young Albert Narracott’s and his horse Joey, whom he has raises from a foal. However, with the outbreak of World War 1 Joey is sold to the Cavalry and so begins an amazing journey across Europe and the unimaginable horrors of war.
A lot of human characters come and go in this film, leaving very little impact with the viewer, even when they die. This leaving your emotions belonging to Joey and Young Albert. Any other way would have made this movie almost unbearable. There are some pretty heavy WW1 scenes in War Horse, although very well done, they do earn the movie it’s PG-13 rating.
I enjoyed this film, though it felt a little long at times, I honestly can’t think of any part of the journey I would have left out. I really enjoyed the sense of family and dedication in the story. As well, as the beautiful use of camera work.
My advise is to expect to smile, cringe and to bring along some tissues, if not for you, for the person next to you.
View the stunning trailer below and be sure to view War Horse where it is meant to be experienced, on the big screen opening Christmas Day.
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Disclosure: I received two passes to an advanced screening of War Horse from Disney DreamWork’s Pictures for the purpose of review. Opinions expressed are honest and 100% my own.