War Horse Movie Reviews

War Horse

War Horse

Release Date: Dec 28, 2011

Genre: Drama

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 3
    I think that the film was stunning visually and perfect technically but i think that the emotions in the film did not seem real and many moments felt calculated. I am also so sick and tired of movies that are almost 3 hours long, I can not sit that long and it becomes almost like a punishment to sit in the theater and try to be engaged for that long. Anyway, the film is definitely gorgeous visually and one can only be impressed with Spielberg’s ability to make movies look this good but in the same time I felt that Spielberg was toying with my emotions and I did not like that. I took my little niece to see this film with me and i regret it because there were a lot of pretty violent scenes and I wish she did not see that. Overall, a lot of people will eat this film up but I think it was just alright.
  • 4
    I liked this film and I think it is worth seeing it in the theaters. I do have to warn people that this film is not a family film and I do not suggest taking your children to see it because there is a lot of violence. The film is amazing visually and it is definitely a very large and epic film that only Steven Spielberg can pull off. The film is full of adventure, emotions and heart and Steven Spielberg is able to balance everything perfectly and make a film that feel old fashioned in a best sense possible. Everything worked very well in this film, the cinematography was beautiful, the score worked well with the themes and everything was tied together with a perfect editing, basically the film was perfect technically. Overall, I had a great time watching this film.
  • 5
    I predict this movie will become a classic. In many ways it parallels Black Beauty. The cinematography is beautiful and a tribute to the talents of Mr. Speilberg. Be prepared to cry!
  • 5
    Great movie for both men and women.. The horse Joey is the star, I know you may think it's a war movie but overall it's not-it's a love story. It's a movie that will make you cry, there are some WWI scenes (done to perfection as it really was btw) but the scenes are not gruesome. A must see in the theater, the screen size and sound makes it seem as though you are England and France 1914-1920. Super flick!
  • 4
    Well made and beautifully filmed and acted, this movie is a sort of “mini” epic covering several years and 2-3 countries. The battle scenes from WWI are brilliantly shot as Mr. Spielberg has this down pat. He illustrates the horror of war like no other. I also thought the movie did well in moving through the different acts, nor dwelling on the temporary horse’s temporary owner for too long.

    I had a little trouble understanding the “mystique” of the horse to so many people (I’m not a horse person) and why they would risk their lives for such. Also, the scenes at the very end were a bit “shmaltz-ie” with the film tinting red with silhouettes of characters embracing (I rolled my eyes). I would suggest, however, just sitting back to enjoy film at its best.
  • 2
    I agree with the 2 reviews above. War Horse is visually beautiful, but the story never quite "connects". It is not a family film and I am glad my children were not with us. It ended up being an emotional roller coaster, but not the kind you want to see again. It is definitely a gritty and ugly war movie plus you have the addition of animals, so it's not hard to imagine how that adds to the heart-wrenching scenes. If the story had been better, perhaps watching the gruesome scenes may have been almost worth it, but even then, I can't recommend it. At best, watch it on DVD and then you can skip the unnecessary disturbing scenes. War is horrendous enough with humans, let's not add animals to the mix and call it entertainment.
  • 4
    Wow, I didn't think so. I thought movie was great. Yes, you will like this movie. My wife and I both enjoyed it
  • 5
    I have seen both the Tony awarded play War Horse in NYC and the movie in NC. Both are extraordinary. The story is from the view/perspective of the horse. World War I, the War to End All Wars, brought about the deaths of about 10 million military humans and 8 million military horses. This is a story about one aspect of wars--the human and animal bond. The filming and performance of "Joey" make this a poignant and outstanding movie.
  • 4
    If you read the book I hope it stayed close to the authors intent.
    I didn't so I had no preconceived notions. I loved it..story and cinematography..nicely done. the final few minutes when Albert returned to the farm..the color..wow..and my wife and I are the only two who clapped at the end..two thumbs up.
  • 4
    This is a film about a young man named Albert who enlists in WWI and his courageous horse Joey, the film is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and David Thewlis. I really liked this film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. We all know that Speilberg is one of the best if not THE best director of our time and he proves it once more with this powerful film about courage and friendship. This film was incredible visually and moving in any other sense, I had a great time watching this movie. It is a film about war so I would not suggest seeing this film with your children because it is pretty violent and i do not think that they would be able to sit through 2 hours of this kind of material but this is a great film for adults. Overall, it is a very entertaining film that looks amazing visually and satisfying emotionally.

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