“WAR HORSE” Movie Review. In LIFE, if ANYTHING is DESTINED to be YOURS, it EVENTUALLY will.
“WAR HORSE” PRESS PREVIEW
It had been some good years since I started to follow STEVEN SPIELBERG’s body of work.
I can often wax lyrical over some of his remarkable epics, notably ET, JAWS, SCHINDLER’s LIST, INDIANA JONES, etc.
These films are steeped in emotional and cinematographic content and the “lump-in-the-throat” scenes will surely tug at your heart strings.
Such is WAR HORSE, his newest offering.
It’s not a Hollywood star-studded feature.
It’s SPIELBERG’s first British collaboration with a coterie of UK performers who have done him proud.
Without any gore and a little show of violence, the tale meanders slowly in the first quarter, then speeds up, riding us through an amazing virtual tsunami depicting the harshness of war.
STEVEN SPIELBERG is at the helm of this movie, and he simply can’t go wrong.
It may not be the most arresting like his earlier films, but nevertheless is a watchable one.
The focus is on the enduring relationship between a teenage boy and his horse and of the terrible war that sunders them.
Fate brings them together, chance separates them and eventually, fate reconnects them again.
Parting is such sweet sorrow, but let’s see what fate has in store.
Isn’t it true that if anything is destined to be ours, it eventually will?
“WAR HORSE” demonstrates that a divine friendship can exist between man and his animal.
It is set against a lush picturesque rural England, in tandem with Europe during the throes of the First World War.
We witness a young stallion named Joey and his teenage master called Albert, who tames and trains him.
When they are separated by unforeseen circumstances, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he gallops proudly through the war, affecting the lives of everyone he encounters–British cavalry, German soldiers, a French farmer and his granddaughter–before the story arrives at its tearful climax.
The WAR HORSE is a moving masterpiece in its storytelling, the splendid acting and stunning cinematography.
Notwithstanding a searing musical score.
SPIELBERG’s unflinching sentimental approach will worm its way into the heart of the young, the old and in particular, the animal lovers.