Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (2012) Movie Review


Film: War Horse

Starring: Jeremy Irvine (as Albert Narracott), various horses (as Joey), Niels Arestrup (as Grandfather), Celine Buckens (as Emilie), Peter Mullan (as Ted Narracott), Emily Watson (as Rose Narracott), Tom Hiddleston (as Captain Nicholls), Benedict Cumberbatch (as Major Stewart), David Thewlis (as Lyons)

Director: Steven Spielberg Screenwriters: Richard Curtis and Lee Hall Runtime:146 minutes

Spielberg after successful own Production movies last year like Super 8 , Transformers Dark of the moon, Real Steel and The Adventures of Tin Tin. He is back with his direction with an epic World War I drama, a bond between a boy and horse joey. Story starts off in 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again? Is the remaining story line. Jeremy Irvine given a superb performance as Albert. Joey (Horse) Delivers a masterstroke, I think Oscar must seriously consider an animal category. Niels Arestrup (as Grandfather), Celine Buckens (as Emilie), Peter Mullan (as Ted Narracott), Emily Watson (as Rose Narracott) leave a mark with their performance. Coming to technical aspects Steven Spielberg watched War Horse play in London later decided to make it a Movie. He was successful in narrating the storyline in a thoughtful way. The way he used hundred’s of horses was an exhilarating experience, one that takes us into new territory. John Williams music is soulful. Janusz Kaminski’s  cinematography is splendid. Micheal Kahn editing is sharp but there’s little drags in second half inherently slow pace drama. Jina Jay casting is perfect. Story is a bit Weak and Screenplay is a bit Predictable. Dialogues were natural. Production values are grand. I seriously felt movie missed the War Intensity, But spielberg was successful creating intensity in family audience. On the whole, Warhouse starts off with a good feel. But drags after going half way, and then the interest starts again towards the end. You gonna love it more if you are an animal lover. “War Horse” opens in Indian cinemas on February 10th,2012.

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