Thursday, 4 April 2013

'War Horse' Film Review

Nominated for six Academy Awards, Steven Spielberg's War Horse is a moving tale of devotion between a young man and his horse.

When Ted Narracott (Peter Mullan) offers an absurd amount out of pride  for a young horse at auction, upon bringing him home, Albert (Jeremy Irvine) immediately grows attached and trains the horse, named Joey, up to plough the farm.

But when war breaks out, Albert and Joey are separated, Albert vowing to find Joey and subsequently volunteers to the front line in order to be reunited with his lost horse.

Whilst the plot is serious and moving, the stern tone is uplifted by lighthearted and funny moments, especially the charismatic goose and later characters that Joey encounters. This is definitely one of those movies that one animal brings people together and makes the movie complete, like Hachi: A Dogs Tale

Throughout, you admire the obedience of the horses and their character, how they portray emotions and just how 'human' they seem to be. The relationship that one animal can have with a range of different characters and how they change their life is deeply moving

As the plot builds up and the climax is reached, there is a real ultimatum towards the end but is satisfyingly fulfilling and ends up on a positive note.

Beautifully directed and shot, the contrast of set, colour, light and dark really make many of the scenes dramatic and effective.

Jeremy Irvine- Albert
Peter Mullan- Ted
Emily Watson- Rose

Also stars Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Marsan and David Kross.

New star Jeremy Irvine manages to pull at our heartstrings and shines bright amongst veterans Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch. The cast ensemble is good and they manage not to overshadow each other and bring focus to the horse.

'War Horse' is a beautifully moving and captivating tale even at over two hours long. The emotional dynamic and the relationship is the focal point and is brought out exceedingly well. But what this movie does it to uplift the moments of darkness and shed light and hope, ending in a satisfactory manner.

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