Thursday, December 29, 2011

War Horse - movie review

War Horse has long been a favorite story in England. So its interesting to see what Spielberg would do. He's also taken a fascination to the cartoon character in Europe, Tin Tin. But that's another movie to talk about.

Of course the main character of this film is Joey, the Thoroughbred. Who learned quickly from Albert. And Spielberg did a majestic job of showing the beauty of the friendship between a boy and his horse as well of lovely landscapes unspoiled by war. It also talks of the unspoken wars we hear less and less about as the decades go by. If you are a history buff, you'll certainly want to take in this film.

Its been said it took 17 horses to play "Joey" the Thoroughbred.

War Horse is based on the book by Michael Morpurgo. Its the story of Albert Narracott who is played by the wonderful Jeremy Irvine. After seeing this film, I can't think of anyone but him for this part. Jeremy Irvine is certainly the actor to watch for. His emotions are spot on in the film.

The cinematography is grand. Such beauty Spielberg exposes, yet he shows the grim reminder of war too. And there is a bit of nostalgia to behold. The story transcends an emotion of war and how it affected all of Europe.

There is such amazing performances from Tom Hiddelton, the officer who rides into battle with Joey, as well as David Kross (The Reader) as the German solider who found Joey. Then the wonder crux of the motion picture when Toby Kebbell (a Brittish solider) comes across Joey.

As one patron put it, "I loved the movie, but I dunno if I could recommend it." Its quite an emotional ride. Pretty much a tear jerker. Although, it is a film well worth seeing on the big screen. This is the first film Spielberg has ever edited digitally. He's old school when it comes to editing.

The movie opened Christmas day. Just in time for an Oscar buzz!

STORYLINE: Young Albert enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.


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