Movie: War Horse
- Director: Steven Spielberg
- Writers: Lee Hall (screenplay), Richard Curtis (screenplay)
- Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and David Thewlis
- Release Date: December 2011
- Run Time: 146 min
- Genre: Drama, War
Separated by war. Tested by battle. Bound by friendship.
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.
Review: This is a wonderful "against all odds" inspirational story about courage and relationships. A horse of truly amazing spirit touches the lives of so many during War I – including British soldiers, German soldiers, French civilians and even other horses. I cannot recall any foul language throughout the film. The background and drama are epic. Steven Spielberg will take you through many emotions from humor, to sadness, to tears of joy. The scenery is gorgeous, the acting splendid, and the performances by the animals is simply remarkable. The cinematography has to be the best I’ve seen in a film. The last scene alone is a masterpiece.
Jeremy Irvine as "Albert" was particularly outstanding. I was also moved by the performance of French actor Niels Arestrup as the Grandfather and that of Celine Buckens who plays Emilie – his granddaughter. Of course, the War Horse -Joey- steals the show.
I cannot give a film any higher recommendation than I give this one. You will be moved to tears. Everyone in the family will enjoy it and you’ll be pleased that you "participated" because you will be fully invested in this story emotionally.