Excerpt: Movies rated PG-13 can be a real gamble. Some of them are on the edge of a 'R' rating. So I started watching War Horse hoping it would be on the lower end. Thankfully War Horse is on the lower end. I knew a movie placed in World War I was going to have some nasty war scenes.
Conclusion: War Horse is expertly directed, well acted, and just beautiful to look at and when combined with the Adventures of Tintin , it represents one of Spielberg’s best years and shows his amazing range as a director.
Excerpt: Despite impending war, financial struggles, dead parents, thousands of dead soldiers, and slaughtered children, War Horse remains laughably idyllic. Those bright green pastures, smiles all around, and glowing sunsets are outright hilarious given the backdrop, wherein the horse actually finds means...
Summary: It’s true that you can create a flawless film with great acting, amazing cinematography and even a compelling story and still not connect to audiences. Perhaps this was a project too close to Spielberg’s own passions.
Conclusion: War Horse may alienate many a modern filmfan, but others will declare it one of the best movies of 2011. It really just depends on how you respond to Spielberg's cinematic sensibilities, tearful and sentimental as they are. Fortunately, Disney's Blu-ray release won't divide audiences.
Excerpt: Not to be outdone by pal Martin Scorsese's foray in to the family film market with the sparkling Hugo, Steven Spielberg returns with his adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's tale of a boy and his horse, and the National Theatre stage play it inspired.
Excerpt: World War I, known then only as the Great War or World War, was one of the most brutal and utterly miserable periods in mankind’s history. In War Horse director Steven Spielberg, because the script is based on a children’s book, sets out to make war a family friendly affair.
Excerpt: The title of War Horse appears onscreen twice during the film, once at the end and once near the beginning, where it follows the image of a newborn colt that looks too beautiful ever to be involved in a war.