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5.0 out of 5 stars War Horse- the way films use to be made..., 22 Jan. 2012
This review is from: War Horse [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
I tried not to read the reviews or hype about this film as I wanted to experience it without any bias.From the opening scene of the lush fields of an English country-side, the idealic stone farmhouse- the flushed cheeks and blue eyes of our young hero,Jeremy Irvine and the sleek chestnut tones and velvet black eyes of the main protagonist Joey- everything glowed with the technicolour of days gone past.
Spielberg and Williams are a match made in cinema heaven - for each shot that has an emotional charge, the score will take you by the hand to get you there-to those emotional highs and lows. Remember the days of Star Wars , Raiders of the Last Ark, ET; beloved films that are permanently etched onto our frontal lobe, with a great composer and a great director, being the artists who put them there.
War Horse has that kind of magic. Originating from a Michael Morpugo book,whose narratives always seem to hover around those sentimental heart strings and the dynamic duo are now a trio. For those nay-sayers , pounding your little fists and shouting, 'manipulative film-making'- News Flash! All film-making is supposed to and designed to have an impact on the viewer and most filmakers try very hard to achieve this- it's just that Spielberg does it so much better.
There is plenty to sink your teeth into with this wonderful film including a marvelous ensemble cast. Take the family or just yourself- and bring the tissues.
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Initial post: 21 Sep 2013 22:12:51 BDT
Lendrick says:
But great story telling doesn't make its manipulation so obvious.Spielberg is normally better than this disneyfication of WWI.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 15:55:27 BDT
It helps to recall that the original source of the film was a pre-adolescent book written by Michael Morpurgo; so its target film audience is for families- if you 'd rather see a more realistic depiction of WWI - I'm sure there are plenty of films to whet your appetite-
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