Sunday, January 15, 2012

War Horse Movie Review

War Horse

Grade: B+

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.


  1. I think it sounds like a real tear-jerker, to use a cliche' but I still might give it a go. Thanks for reviewing it and
    thanks for your comment on my blog.

  2. I'm glad you mentioned this movie since I haven't been real sure about it for me!

  3. looked like a good one - but animal movies or books are always too sad for me! Was there a lot of horrible CGI?