Call it "lesser Spielberg" and put it alongside Always and Hook.
I simply disagree. This movie moves its audience and gives them the collective shivers the same way E.T., the Color Purple and Saving Private Ryan did.
I would score this as a Greatest Hits of Spielberg, doing the war stuff very well, doing the epical classic storytelling thing very well, and doing the idealism between a boy and his best animal/creature friend very well, too.
Spielberg reminds us here of how emotionally timid or unknowing so many movies are these days in our age of irony. War Horse if filled with heart and a total pleasure to discover in a theater.
Dec 24 - 12:03 PM
I'm tired of hearing about how much of a disappointment Hook was. Audiences loved hooked. A bunch of critics that like to jump on the band wagon and say they hate it can suck it. If this movie is comparable to Hook, then I'll be there.
Dec 24 - 02:57 PM
Dec 24 - 07:41 PM
If we were to put "War Horse" alongside "Hook", then I would assume it's terrible.
Dec 25 - 03:38 AM
No, no, no - Always and Hook are BAD Spielberg, like The Color Purple.
Dec 26 - 07:33 AM
James is one of the finest reviewers out there, but there is a major plot point in his review that is wrong. Benedict Cumberbatch does not buy Joey, that would be Tom Hiddleston. This is kind of a big deal as, in my opinion, Hiddleston's work is among the finest in the film.
Jan 3 - 07:58 PM