War Horse 2011

War Horse

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Technically superb, proudly sentimental, and unabashedly old-fashioned, War Horse is an emotional drama that tugs the heartstrings with Spielberg's customary flair.

75%

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74%

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Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his beloved horse, Joey, live on a farm in the British countryside. At the outbreak of World War I, Albert and Joey are forcibly parted when Albert's father sells the horse to the British cavalry. Against the backdrop of the Great War, Joey begins an odyssey full of danger, joy and sorrow, and he transforms everyone he meets along the way. Meanwhile Albert, unable to forget his equine friend, searches the battlefields of France to find Joey and bring him home.

Cast & Crew

Emily Watson
Rosie Narracott
Peter Mullan
Ted Narracott
Tom Hiddleston
Capt. Nicholls
Toby Kebbell
Geordie Soldier
Patrick Kennedy
Lt. Waverly
Lee Hall
Screenwriter
Richard Curtis
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Frank Marshall
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Janusz Kaminski
Cinematographer
John Williams
Original Music
Rick Carter
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Critic Reviews for War Horse

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Audience Reviews for War Horse

  • Feb 06, 2017
    I absolutely understand why War Horse got the highbrow attention that it did, but I did not find it satisfying on a personal level.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2016
    War Horse is both emotionally gripping and surprisingly heartfelt - and it never feels manipulative thanks to Spielberg's confident and impressive direction that he always brings to the table, regardless of the film.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2014
    There is no need to exaggerate over Spielberg's typical overtly sentimental stunts in his "drama" stories. Sure, he is a decaying director that, after more than four decades in the business, has emptied all of his talent in the feature films that he has directed and produced, but in no way this is the worst thing he has done. Even if the film fails to impact and fills the story with underdeveloped characters and subplots, his now clichéd trademarks of "passion", "adventure" and "courage" are still present and by no means he is a filmmaker without a heart. In a movie where Williams' now beloved musical work surpasses the film itself, <i>War Horse</i> comes as a technically well done film that audiences love to hate because they were offered anything new, even if they were not offered something absolutely terrible either. The nod that I question, though, is the unnecessary orange-colored nod to <i>Gone with the Wind</i> (1939). I just wished that audiences did not fall so easily into the famous and now scientifically proven <i>comparison bias</i>, putting <i>War Horse</i> against Spielberg's great early filmography and rate this like if this was one of the worst films ever made, like if there wasn't a single redeemable quality in 146 minutes. The problem with people is that they have a poor standardized judgment and use their one-star and half-star scores in the unwisest of ways just to show how disappointed and "insulted" they were by an experience that, at best, can be described as average recycled sentimental material. 56/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2013
    Let's start at the beginning with "War Horse," as a colt is born on a farm in Devonshire. Eventually colt and mother are separated, as the colt is sold at auction. Ted Narracott(Peter Mullan) wins the battle of the auction versus Lyons(David Thewlis), his landlord, but it looks like he loses the war when it turns out he has no money left for rent. The only hope for retaining the family farm is for Ted's son Albert(Jeremy Irvine) to somehow get the colt, now named Joey, to plow the land, which of course he does. And then somebody shoots Archduke Franz Ferdinand which ruins everybody's decade. "War Horse" is an uplifting and sentimental story about a boy and his horse with multiple points of view. Granted, it is set amidst the horrors of war which contradicts some of the intended high spirits. Throughout, Steven Spielberg cares less about the human beings involved than his sweeping vistas, although there is one great scene amongst all of the carnage. Casting Peter Mullan might have been a mistake as this movie was not built to contain his volatility but Tom Hiddleston is a perfect fit for this old fashioned production. And Liam Cunningham and Niels Arestrup are welcome sights anywhere. In the end, I think Spielberg, got it back asswards. He should have made "The Adventures of Tintin" as a retro live action movie and "War Horse" as an animated film, considering the overriding temptation to anthropomorphize the horses who are the real stars of the movie.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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