Saturday, December 31, 2011

War Horse

An absolutely beautiful film, almost too beautiful. Every single shot is pure artwork. For me this takes a little bit away from the realism of the picture, but I do not think that Spielberg cares. He has taken this story which is the perfect concoction for an epic. You can tell that Steven is really trying to make an epic but it doesn't matter that much because it works. You follow the story of this horse and all the people that come in contact with this dream horse seem to fall in love with it. You follow this story all the way and it is mainly about the boy who just wants his horse back but that is not what makes the movie good. It is when the war comes around in the picture and the movie shows that there are good people and bad people on both sides of the conflict. The most amazing scene is when one soldier from each side walk out into the open and help each other to free this horse from barbed wire and make a small friendship together. It really is incredible. The movie is pretty predictable at times and all of the characters are and do what are expected of them to fill the criteria of a typical Spielberg epic film but you know what, it still works. The cinematography, the score, and the acting all around is fantastic. In this film Spielberg makes me throw away some of my critical analysis and just let myself get caught up into this story and let the movie touch me. An enjoyable piece of work further showing Spielberg's skill as a director and at finding young talent to fill the roles in his movies.

4 out of 5 Stars

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