War Horse


Action / Drama / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 77%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 128511


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Benedict Cumberbatch as Maj. Jamie Stewart
Tom Hiddleston as Capt. Nicholls
Toby Kebbell as Geordie Soldier
David Thewlis as Lyons
903.58 MB
23.976 fps
2hr 26 min
P/S 10 / 53

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Reviewed by cinemajesty 7 / 10

A Horse For The Great War

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)

Reviewed by DCfan 7 / 10

Never read the book

I have never read the book of this movie of this movie and in fact, I was forced to watch it because I was on a school trip, in fact, I didn't really pay much attention to the movie because I was just talking to my friend Cameron and I was just eating my snacks which I packed.

But I do remember the scene where a soldier yelled: "Get over here you idiot git!".

The movie was just mainly for 30-year-olds then kids, teenagers or young adults.

Reviewed by cinemajesty 7 / 10

Best Picture Nominee 2011

Movie Review: "War Horse" (2011)

After a three break from live-action filmmaking, Director Steven Spielberg returns to familiar entertainment of presenting "War Horse" in holiday season 2011/2012 to become a picture of no harms and technically exceptional execution in all departments, including production design by Rick Carter, cinematography by Janusz Kaminski and another emotional diverse score by long-time collaborator John Williams. The film tells the story of youngster Albert Narracott and his father's war-striving horse Joey based on the novel of the same name by author Michael Morpurgo published in 1982.

The director avoids major sentiments within character developments, as in "A.I." (2001), being able to work it out with an all through professional as international cast by sharing decisive moments in the main character's journey and keeping the focus on coming full circle with reunions to finish in satisfaction without surprises, leaving the audience well adjusted on their views on "The Great War" (1914-1918) by peaking with all-department-demanding action scene, where the leading animal gets stuck in between German and English enemy lines in the battle of Vimy Ridge, making "War Horse" a recommendable watchful motion picture for the years to come.

© 2017 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)

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