Sunday, January 15, 2012
War Horse Movie Review
Every preview of this movie, made me more and more eager to see this movie. The previews inspired and brought a tear to my eye. The actual movie left me moved yet...very, very sad.
War Horse starts out as a story of a boy and his horse and quickly turns into a war story from the perspective of the horse. As in many Spielberg movie's, whether viewing war from a child's eye (Empire of the Sun) or from a soldier's eye (Saving Private Ryan) or from a horse's eye, war is a brutal thing. He doesn't soften the edges or highlight right vs wrong. He shows the futility and cruelty of war...from both sides.
This is a beautifully shot movie and you absolutely fall in love with the horse or horses, who play Joey. His heart is enormous and you are grateful for it, as it brings you hope amid all the despair. This is not an easy movie and one I will probably never be able to watch again...but I'm glad I saw it. It is worth the effort, but make sure you bring some tissues.