Summary: Steven Spielberg, yet again, proves to be one of the best directors and story tellers of our time. Only he could take a story about the relationship between a horse and his boy and turn it into a heart warming adventure. The character development is arguably the best thing about the film; War Horse has many different characters, some only in the movie for a few scenes, but almost immediately their roles in the grand story are seen.
Summary: Parts of this movie are good, others not so much. It bounces around from character to character making it hard to connect with any of them. The best character is the horse, but how much of a connection can you make with a horse in a non speaking role. (not animation, and thankfully no peanut butter on his lips) But the movie has its moments, I love horses and it has great cinematography.
Excerpt: Unsurprisingly for Spielberg, the movie was beautiful - the scenery, the animal(s) and the story without any gore and blood usual for such movies. But I couldn't care less for human characters as not a single one was long enough present on the screen. Maybe something was wrong with the script, when it couldn't make me feel something for the people in the movie.
Summary: ok it's spielberg and it's about war, so i expected miracles. i expected the story to be really told from the horse's view (first person shaky camera views) and also i expected gore!! the kid enlists to find his horse isn't it? well it doesn't show him looking for him or his struggles up to the point that he finds him (ok there is one scene!). in short i wanted the movie to have the edgyness that saving private ryan had which would make it a lot more epic.
Summary: I believe when Steven Spielberg was making "War Horse" he was pulling out that mindset he used to make "ET" and "Saving Private Ryan". I guess I wasn't born it the early Spielberg era where his movies shone with pure passion and love, so honestly it was kinda cheesy to me. But the war portion of the movie was just great. It had strong imagery and visuals with messages saying the bad stuff about war.
Summary: A bizarre mix of good and bad scenes. Some scenes are beautifully shot and very well paced. Others are predictable and schmaltzy. There's also infuriating censorship throughout the whole movie. God forbid we see someone get shot in a WAR movie. This movie makes me wish Spielberg would just ditch the horse, make the movie rated R, and do a war movie that actually has emotional resonance.
Excerpt: Ted Narracott (Peter Mullan) purchases a horse instead of a plow animal. His son Albert (Jeremy Irvine) trains the horse and names it Joey. England is at war with Germany so his father sells it to a soldier named Captain Nicholls (Tom Hiddleston). Joey travels from one owner to another. Parts of the screenplay were engaging with lines such as “Some days are best forgotten.” “It’s good to be proud in doing something good.” “It will never be over.