Posted by: ckckred | January 8, 2012

War Horse: The story of a boy and his horse

War Horse is a film about the relationship of a boy and his horse.  It’s the relationship that builds the core for the film.  And it’s the core for many other Steven Spielberg films, such as Elliot and E. T.  And this makes War Horse Spielberg’s best film since Saving Private Ryan.

The movie is based off the Tony-winning play and the British book.  It gives off a sense of yearning and passion.

The story starts in Devon, Britain right before World War I.  Ted Narracot (Peter Mullan) needs to buy a horse for plowing, but instead pays a large amount of money for a young steed.  His son Albert (Jeremy Irvine) loves the horse, which he names Joey, and teaches it how to plow, while his wife Rose (Emily Watson) feels Ted should have gotten the plow horse.

But as Ted unable to pay the rent, he’s forced to sell Joey into the war, which brings poor Albert into tears.  From this point on, the movie centers on Joey and his journey through France, as he passes through English, German, and French hands.

Later, when he’s old enough to enter, Albert joins the war and strives to find Joey, when another soldier from Devon says afterward he should help him “find a needle in a haystack”.

The film starts off a little slow, but picks up when Joey joins the war.  The battle scenes are quite incredible.  Spielberg experimented with war before in his films, particularly Saving Private Ryan.  The film uses many techniques from the film, such as handheld shots, and also uses some similar shots from WWI movie All Quiet on the Western Front.

The actors are fantastic, but Joey stands out as the lead role,  His performance in the film could lead the Oscars to create a category for animals (which Uggie from The Artist could also be a contender of).

The movie’s brilliance reflects on Spielberg’s directing.  He gives the movie a charm and great likability.

I mentioned before I was having a tough time picking between The Descendants and The Artist as my favorite film of the year.  Now, War Horse has stepped into the circle and has made the decision even harder.



  1. Whoo sounds like you are the kind of person who agrees with the Academy 😀

    Good review!

    btw. love the new look. Simple yet affective.

    • Thank. I hope the film wins a best director award for Steven Spielberg (yes, I know I’m rooting for the upper-dog, but who cares).
      Also, thanks for the compliment for the new look. I’ve been wanting to change it for months, and have finally found this one.

      • No problem, I think most of the awards are headed for The Artist, but Scorsese will always be my man!

  2. Without a doubt, this is Spielberg trying his hardest to manipulate the hell out of his audience but it somehow works and brought me into the story despite some of the very corny moments. Great review.

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