Matt's Review of War Horse
Spielberg's latest epic will probably not be remembered among his greatest; granted, there's arguably no other director with such an impressive collection of films under his belt. After all, this is the same man who brought us "Saving Private Ryan," "Indiana Jones," "Jurassic Park," "Schindler's List," "Jaws," and "E.T." That being said, "War Horse" is still a superb film in its own right, with its impressive battle scenes, sweeping cinematography, and grandiose musical score.
Once the lengthy (and somewhat uninteresting) exposition is out of the way, the film gets progressively better up through its heart-tugging final moments. "War Horse" is another fine example of Spielberg's ability to morph a bleak and dark story with a sense of optimism, making an audience cheer by the end, but still not forgetting the measure of the tragedies and heartbreak that the journey included.
Some of the characters aren't easy to invest in, some of the emotional moments may seem forced, and some of the storylines may feel recycled, but the sum of this film is greater than its parts. It's Steven Spielberg's "Forrest Gump" for the equine community; a film that, while not exactly groundbreaking, remains completely satisfying.