Normally movie night in our household is comprised of my daughter and I on the couch with a bowl of popcorn enjoying a light hearted, family friendly film. I realized that I would unfortunately have to go it alone this week when we received War Horse in the mail. So, after dinner was done, and my little princess was in bed, I sat down to watch.
Being both a lover of history, and a huge fan of Spielberg’s previous war era films (Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List) I was expecting quite a lot from this film. I was not disappointed. War Horse was a compelling story that showed the many facets of World War I through the interactions of Joey, the “War Horse”, with a number of characters throughout all facets of the war. Although this masterfully written and directed story focuses on the uplifting relationships between the horse and the people he meets on his journey, it in no way glazes over the true horror of World War I. The movie depicts the true nature of the war and the fates of many working animals in the military at the time. Spielberg does a great job balancing the harsh tone of war with compelling stories, characters, and some lighthearted moments.
I would highly recommend this film to any fans of the period, or of Spielberg’s previous period films. It has compelling scenes both harsh and uplifting, and is definitely worth the time.
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