War Horse

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring a horse and Bernadette Cumberbund amongst an allstar talented cast
Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo and the recent stage play by Nick Stafford
In Uk Cinemas January 13, 2012

by Joanna Orland

The real star of this extravagant film isn’t the War Horse himself, but rather Steven Spielberg and all his directing might. It is a Spielberg film of epic proportions, with all of his signature stylings on grand display. Yes, it is predictable and a bit sappy at times, but in that classic Spielberg way that is reminiscent of many of his older classics.

It was quite nostalgic in that fashion. A return to the Spielberg you knew growing up, with a bit of Saving Private Ryan gruesome war action thrown in for good measure. Perhaps this isn’t the moving or mature film you’d expect it to be after the rave reviews of the stage production, but it is an enjoyable watch, and a film adventure for the Spielberg generation of film lovers.

It’s not without its flaws (did anybody understand why that French girl was cast???), but between Spielberg pulling out all the punches and a traditionally ostentatious John Williams score, I dare you not to be enthralled for the better part of the 2.5 hours.

Not to mention the all star British cast that pops up throughout. It’s a who’s up next kind of ensemble plotline. Don’t worry – not in the same vain as Love Actually / Valentine’s Day at all… but more like…. classy British actors that you probably don’t know the name of but you’re like, “Hey, it’s that guy!”.

Overall, War Horse is a treat for the Spielberg fans of the world, allowing you to marvel at the Director’s talents, helping to reaffirm why he is the legend that he has become. For those not super into Spielberg, I wouldn’t recommend bothering with this film as you just won’t appreciate it and clocking in at nearly 2.5 hours, I am sure you have better things to do? Who am I to judge what you do with your time. I don’t care. But don’t say I didn’t warn you all you Spielberg-haters out there.

War Horse – A great nostalgic portrayal of a familiar story. Spielberg + Ensemble British Cast + Horse = FTW!

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