Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Horse movie, War, Drama,
Release Date: 25 December 2011
Running Time: 146 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13
The Good: One good battle scene, John Williams soundtrack,
The Bad: Not focused enough, One dimensional characters, As soon as you begin to like the characters it switchs to another group of characters,
Note: This trailer is very misleading.
Plot: The following plot summery is copied from Wikipedia.com.
Note: In the following plot summery is contains the first 50 minutes compared to the usual 30 minutes I usually post.
In Devon, England 1912, a teenage boy named Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) watches the birth of a thoroughbred foal and watches with admiration the growth of the young horse, galloping through the fields at his mother's side. Much to the dismay of his mother Rose (Emily Watson), his father Ted (Peter Mullan) buys the colt at auction, despite a friend pointing out a more suitable plough horse for his farm. Desiring to spite his landlord Mr Lyons (David Thewlis), and retain his pride, Ted bids higher and higher for the colt. The high cost of the horse (30 guineas) means he is unable to pay rent to Lyons, who threatens to take possession of the farm if the money is not paid by the autumn. Ted promises to meet the deadline, suggesting he could plough and plant a lower, rock-filled field with turnips. Albert names the horse Joey and devotes much time to training him. Albert's best friend, Andrew Easton (Matt Milne), watches as Albert teaches his colt many things, such as to come when he imitates the call of an owl by blowing through his cupped hands.
Ted, who has a bad leg from a war injury, is frequently shown drinking alcohol from a flask he carries. Rose shows Albert his father's medals from the Second Boer War in South Africa, where Ted served as a sergeant with the Imperial Yeomanry. Ted was severely wounded in action, and received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery under fire. She gives Albert his father's regimental pennant, telling Albert that his father is not proud of what he did during the war, and that he had thrown the flag and medals away, though Rose saved and kept them hidden.
Albert trains Joey for the plough and, to his neighbours' astonishment, prepares a stony hillside field to plant with turnips. However a rainstorm destroys the turnip field, so to pay the overdue rent (and without telling Albert), Ted sells Joey to Captain James Nicholls (Tom Hiddleston), a young cavalry officer, as World War I breaks out. When Albert finds out, he confronts the officer and begs for him not to take the horse. Nicholls promises he will take care of Joey as his own horse and hopefully will return him after the war. Albert tries to enlist in the army, but is too young. Before the captain leaves with Joey, Albert ties his father's pennant to Joey's bridle. Watch the movie to what happens next.
Plot: 6.8/10- War Horse tried so hard to make you feel emotional it seemed really fake in many parts. The concept for the movie was decent but not executed well.
Action: 6.0/10- There were two short battle scenes in War Horse, both were made very well but they were far too short.
Acting: 6.8/10- The acting was not bad, it was just flat and stiff, like there were just reading dialogue.
Special effects: 6.0/10- War Horse does have many special effects but what is there is good.
Soundtrack: 8.5/10- While this is not one of John Willaims' best soundtracks it is very good.
Comedy: 6.4/10- There were one or two humorous moments.
Would I Watch This Again: There is nothing in War Horse that warnts a re-peat viewing.
Overall: 6.8/10- War Horse is not a bad movie, it is just not what it could have been.
Closing comments: If you really love horse movies you could become emotionally attached to the horse and actually like War Horse
Recommended for: Horse movie fans, War fans,
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