War Horse Movie Reviews

War Horse

War Horse

Release Date: Dec 28, 2011

Genre: Drama

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 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.
  • 3
    I saw this film with my family because I though it will be a great film for a family and it really was not. The film is not lighthearted, it is gritty war epic that is also overly sentimental and weepy. I was actually very disappointed with this film and I did not like it at all. I thought it was way too violent to see it with your children and not satisfying enough if it was only made for adults. Do not get me wrong, the film is still gorgeous visually and the cinematography is absolutely stunning but I did not like the plot of the film. I do not like when filmmakers try to manipulate the feelings of the audience and I felt that happening in this film. Overall, I bet a lot of people will love this film but I was not one of them.
  • 2
    pass on this movie. visually it is a decent piece of work, but otherwise it is boring and predictable. Better off watching Mr. Ed.

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