From director Steven Spielberg comes “War Horse,” an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe 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 emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.
The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war—a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history
This movie soars in an epic way! It’s simplistic story-telling and awesome visuals light up the screen in a way which is magical! The viewer will experience just about every emotion while watching this winner made by, not surprisingly, an expert in the field of direction named Steven Spielberg. That it is family friendly makes the experience one that can be shared and shared it should be.
The movie contains a nice mix of what makes going to the movies fun: solid acting, a sweeping score, breathtaking cinematography, tight direction and humor to boot. And then there is the story. It’s the story of a boy who bonds with a horse and loses him for a time due to the nightmare of the First World War. Young Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) eventually enlists in the war and hopes to find his faithful companion. All that the horse endures and the trials and tests of those who care for him make for a dramatic story. In one touching scene both a British and German solider work together for a moment to free a horse from an entanglement. We highly recommend this old-fashioned epic as it has the power to touch a modern audience. This one gets five Doves from us for sure.