On the outbreak of the First World War, Albert's beloved horse 'Joey' is sold to the Cavalry by his Father. After being sent to France, in a bid to survive, Joey has an unexpected journey across war torn Europe. Albert enlists in the British Army, and is wounded during the Battle of the Somme. Whilst recovering in Hospital, he learns of a Horse, found in no mans land.
After this became Steven Spielberg and Michael Kahn's first film together edited digitally, the two swore off digital editing once again in favor of analog flatbed editing, stating that digital editing rushed their creative process too much. See more »
In France, the windmill with damaged sails continues to turn at a steady rate despite smoke hanging in the air, showing there is no wind. See more »
[to Albert, on buying Joey]
I promise you, that I'll look after him as closely as you've done, I'll respect him and all the care that you've taken with him. And if I can, I'll return him to your care.
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Spielberg's thoughtful horse story
I was lucky enough to see War Horse as a sneak preview in Atlanta and it was certainly a treat to behold. Steven Spielberg's latest historical adaptation tells the story of a forlorn connection between a young English lad and his courageous horse. Instead of discussing the plot, I would rather elaborate on the artistic elements, that make War Horse really shine.
War Horse does a superb job of creating an emotional connection between the audience and the horse; taking us through a myriad of experiences, both tragic and triumphant. Visually speaking, Spielberg's direction and the cinematography are as majestic as the horse itself. There are long sweeping shots of the expansive English countryside combined with an endearing Williams score. It is Spielberg's most thoughtful presentation in quite some time. Additionally, Spielberg has captured some glorious color saturation reminiscent of Gone With the Wind. Despite some plot holes in the narrative, this film really shines as wholesome cinematic storytelling. It is classic Spielberg, with a captivating story to boot.I am certain this film will be very popular during the holiday season although it may not capture the imagination of the Academy. All in all, a treat for the eyes and a heartwarming story. What else could you ask for?
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