Movie Review: "War Horse" (2011)
Three and a half years after breaking from high-end film-making with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008), Director Steven Spielberg returns with a classical all-family movie tale on existentially-conflicting characters, adapted from Michael Morpurgo's novel from the year 1982, in beautifully-chosen exterior landscape of an English countryside before a major incident of crone-prince assassination in August 1914 force the known world to go to war for belief, queen and country in favor for an atmospheric Holiday Season 2011/2012 movie theater visit with the certainty of satisfaction.
"War Horse" has the splendor of a traditional Hollywood production. The cinematography by Spielberg's long-term collaborating lighting cameraman Janusz Kaminski, at the age 51, is fluent and engaging throughout. The cinematographer works with the director since the stark film-noir contrasts of black and white visuals in the Academy-Award-winning picture Schindler's List (1993). The eighteen years of collaboration work out in traditional 35mm film emulsions, which are digitally color-corrected to a perfected balance in a green-brownish close-to earthy color scheme, highly pleasant to be watched on a color-graded screen of choice.
The visuals, accompanied with the sublime as diverse score by composer John Williams, at the age 79, become the major reasons to watch the journey of brown working horse turns "War Horse" Joey, surviving at all costs, running through several character constellation in well-written beats of their on-screen existence, including actor Jeremy Irvine as Albert, Peter Mullan and Emily Watson as his farming father and mother and Tom Hiddleston as well as Benedict Cumberbatch as horse-mounting English combat soldiers, charging onto a German encampment in one of the most suspenseful scenes in the picture without wounding a single horse under hammering machine-gun-fire; yet all the brief encounters seem to have minor importance against the fate of "War Horse" Joey, finding his way back home, which gets eventually as emotional as I might expect, when watching a Steven Spielberg movie on a War theme.
The Great War, which took place mainly in the trenches of Central-Europe between the years 1914 and 1918, gets fulminating translated into live-action sets of dirt, mud and water-filled craters in battle fields designed by Academy-Award-nominated works by production designer Rick Carter.
The narrative arc of letting "War Horse" Joey's story become full-circle from a major chasing as impressively-shot horse-versus-tank scene in the second half of the picture among further pulling as pushing war machine exercises through a fairly-hostile war zone, when sentiment gets in the way in a nevertheless dramatically-convincing interluding sub-plot scene at a French farmhouse with a Grandfather caring for his granddaughter, when "War Horse" keeps its pace in an 140-Minutes-Editorial by Spielberg's editor of trust Michael Kahn to high-quality motion picture recommendations for the whole family.
© 2018 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)
Action / Drama / War
Action / Drama / War
On the outbreak of the First World War, Albert's beloved horse 'Joey' is sold to the Cavalry by his Father. After being sent to France, in a bid to survive, Joey has an unexpected journey across war torn Europe. Albert enlists in the British Army, and is wounded during the Battle of the Somme. Whilst recovering in Hospital, he learns of a Horse, found in no mans land.
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