Screenplay By: Richard Curits and Lee Hall
Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis
Genre: War, Action & Adventure, Drama
Colour, 146 Minutes
Steven Spielberg presents a tale of a horse, who endures an epic journey through war. The films 146 minute runtime may make some grumble, but for the patient viewer, the film is adventurous, Spielbergian (may annoy some) and most certainly touching. With a touch of Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg has executed the film with his auteur and it is a fine example of a successful big budget director who not only impresses you with some blockbusting visuals, but also controls the stories with great care. This is why War Horse is a compelling slice of cinema, and one of 2011’s finest, despite using some of Spielberg’s typical trademarks.
The plot is more than what you think it would be. Set during the First World War, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets-British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter-before the story reaches its