I had no need to worry. The film's cinematographer, Janusz Kamiński deserves all the praise he gets, an Oscar surely awaits him. The cinematography has to be the best I've seen in a film. I am so offended by this films warm reception that I can't even critique it properly. The production did a wonderful job to give the horse Joey a deeper personified image, as if he were an actor. Rather, he plays war straight. A friend I was with remarked afterwards that Roses of Picardy had not been written in 1914 and that the record it was being played on was from about three decades later.
I'd recommend anyone to see the film, it will appeal to everyone. Albert Narracott Jeremy Irvine is a young man living in Dartmoor in 1914. The film is uncompromisingly sentimental, and I wasn't annoyed by it. And of course Joey the horse shows a lot of promise as an animal performer. Everyone I was with fell asleep and it seemed like half the theater did as well- in the end they got more value for their money than I did.
If the movie accomplishes nothing else, it shows that war is hard on animals too, and like the humans, they are victims too; there was never a horse that wanted to go to war. Each one has its own character that strikes a chord with the audience, and this is undeniable. Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, War Horsedepicts the story of Albert Narracott, played by Jeremy Irvine, and his treasured horse Joey in Britain where World War I is about to begin. He said he wanted War Horse to be a war movie that parents cant take their children to and teach them something about love and war, and in this respect I can say that he more than succeeded. Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski reminds us of the beauty of our rural regions by photographing the Devonshire countryside with reverence.
But when World War I breaks out, Joey is sold to a British office, Captain Nicholls Tom Hiddleston and during the course of the conflict the horse see all aspects, from a Calvary horse, in rural civilian life for a French girl suffering Hollywood's disease i. There is a great cast in War Horse, we have emerging talent like Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch who in their small roles show they are going to be big actors well more so , new talent like Irvine who was excellent, playing his character like Sam and Frodo from Lord of the Rings and Celine Buckens where the humour works best. War Horse is the perfect film to settle down with the family for Christmas. Practically unknown before this film, his performance in War Horse has now made him one to watch. The title says the movie is about a horse, but it's really about a lot more than that. These are really small details in what appeared to me to be a meticulously researched film.
It is well understood from the first few scenes that the typical cliché of both war films and animal dramas will stain Spielberg's canvas, yet the film pushes forward, earning well-deserved praise. The movie deserves all the technical praise, it gets. He showed, that he's still one of the best in the business and I hope to see more of him in the future. I did not fall asleep during the movie, but staying awake through the torturous 2 hours and 40 minutes was a challenge. That any horses survived at all in the war is amazing. John Williams also supplies Mr. These charges, as short as they were, as a result of the machine gun, came with death tolls in the thousands or higher.
John Williams score - wall to wall - reminds us this is a Steven Spielberg film. Steven Spielberg had long said that he didn't want to make Saving Private Ryan again. This film is a treat to watch. The soldiers on both sides know what is going on, so no one fires a shot. I would have preferred for French characters to speak subtitled French and German characters to speak subtitled Germans, but I recognize that many younger viewers refuse to read subtitles. I am amazed that anybody could possibly like this.
He certainly stole the film. The German soldiers speak English to one another, a big pet peeve for me. War Horse contains one of these charges, and it is carried out with both taste, and near perfect artistry. This scene is unbelievably touching. After all they have been through will Albert and Joey return home together? The cinematography is as good as it gets, its simply astounding.
Oh and not forgetting a horse or two! The race with the car, the friendship with the black horse, the Geordie regiment bagpipe player in the trench, the German soldiers helping the worn out horses drag those great guns up the slope. Spielberg has a good track record making historical films with Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan and Empire of the Sun. T, Saving Private Ryan, etc. Jeremy Irvine's performance was acceptable for an actor fairly new to the game, as were the performances of the gamut of child actors in the film, but honorable mentions must go to Emily Watson, Niels Arestrup, and Peter Mullan. When his harvest fails, the farmer has to sell Joey to the British cavalry and he is shipped to France where, after a disastrous offensive he is captured by the Germans and changes hands twice more before he is found, caught in the barbed wire in No Man's Land four years later and freed. Legendary composer, John Williams crafted an amazing and beautiful score. The discussion they have the German soldier happens to speak good English, explained adequately through a joke will move even the most cynical of viewers, and gives a good idea of just what perspective War Horse takes to the act of war.
A wonderful job on the whole. I think the Academy should be seriously considering an animal category. Joey bolting through the barbed-wire fencing. He is returned behind British lines where Albert, now a private, has been temporarily blinded by gas, but still recognizes his beloved Joey. I cannot recall any foul language throughout the film. All I can say is I am happy I paid for another film and popped into this one afterward.
I am amazed that this is being considered for Oscars, and even more amazed that there are so many positive reviews. The film was professionally made, it looked amazing, sounded great. The usual bloodbath and gory murder scenes are ditched in favour of a genuine story that manages to provoke passion and deep emotion in the audience, and overall this fits into the beauty of the narrative. There's a scene where Joey is trapped by barbed-wire in no man's land and is freed by the combined effort of an Englishman and a German, who put aside their differences under the name of human decency. Eventually two soldiers, one British, the other German both move to free the horse.