Review: War Horse

War Horse
Release Date: December 25, 2011
Actors: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson
Genre: Drama   
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: The dreaded "Limbo"
4/5 Robots: The horse has got some soul!

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.

I was shocked to learn that this was a play before it became a movie. Shocked because I couldn't believe that a movie primarily about a horse could ever be a successful stage play, but it is. Steven Spielberg directed this movie, and like many of his films you can tell there is a heavy family oriented vibe to it. The tone is moving and there's always a nice uplifting message by the time the credits role. 

War horse is no different, except for one's about a horse. Shocker, I know! But really, the lead actor in the movie is the horse, not Jeremy Irvine. The audience follows the horse and his life with different owners during the war. It's great to get to see different sides of a war interacting with the horse in different ways. Some love him, some abuse him, and others just use him as a means to an end. But "Joey" the horse is no machine. He has a soul, and through amazing story telling we are able to see his soul and the people he has moved and touched during a time of violence. 

Other than the delightful horse, my favorite character in the film had to be the mother played by Emily Watson. She is playing many motherly roles as of late. She was in an independent film called "Cemetery Junction" that is fantastic. So my love of this actress is ever growing. Watson provided the humor and the compassion that all mothers should have. 

Another one of my favorite actors made an appearance in this film, Tom Hiddleston, otherwise known as Loki from the movies "Thor" and the upcoming "Avengers". I absolutely 
love Tom Hiddleston. He is the second owner of Joey and you want to be angry at him for taking Joey away from the boy who loves him, but you just can't. Hiddleston plays his part that way. You sympathize with the man and the situation he's in. Hiddleston also plays Scott Fitzgerald in "Midnight in Paris," which was equally brilliant. Okay, I'm done salivating...back to War Horse. 

It's a rather long movie, but it is paced well and moves efficiently. If you like uplifting movies about history or war, then I would suggest to go see it when it comes out on DVD. Unfortunately, it's in the dreaded "Limbo" right now. Meaning that it is neither on DVD nor in theaters. Unless you want to risk deadly viruses attacking your computer then I would suggest waiting to see it when it's released again. 

Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Cinematography, Art Direction, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing (6 total)

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know that this was a play before either, I thought it became a play after the release of the film. :/

    I wonder if this has been released yet? I really want to see it. Thanks for the review. :)