No Horsing around; this movie inspires

War Horse Ignites Passion
war horseBy Nicola S.

War Horse
Stephen Spielberg
Dreamworks Studios 2011

In 2011, War Horse cleared 177 million at the box office.

It made viewers laugh and cry, and they kept coming back for more.

This movie isn’t your average horse movie; only interesting to those who love horses and who are familiar with the back story of the horse. It is more than that, it is a story about World War I and all the lives it affected indirectly and directly.

Jeremy Irvine plays Albert, a boy who witnesses the birth of a thorobred foal. His father buys the foal as a plow horse and Albert soon forms a bond with this foal and names him Joey. The two have many happy memories together and they learn from each other. But when the war begins, Albert’s family is forced to sell Joey to the army and, as Albert is too young to enlist, he loses his friend. The movie follows the stories of Joey and Albert and how their lives continue to intertwine. Stephen Spielberg sets the scene beautifully. He starts the movie out slowly and as drama builds, so does tension. Viewers can expect an emotional roller coaster with heart warming to heart wrenching moments.

The actors were memorable because of how sincere and raw they made their character’s emotions seem. At many times the viewer forgets that they are watching a movie and they feel like they are catching a glimpse into someone’s life. One scene that is particularly emotional is when Albert has been blinded by tear gas and Joey has been injured in battle. The two are in the same camp but they do not know, until Joey suddenly escapes his handlers and runs to the blind Albert. Albert only has to raise his hands to the horse’s face before he knows that he has found his long lost friend after thinking he was dead.

Stephen Spielberg does an amazing job with the feel of this movie. At the beginning, it has the homey feel of an old cottage in the rolling hills of England. The lighting is warm, there is minimal dialogue and the music is calm. Once the war hits, the feel changes drastically. The lighting becomes dark and the dialogue becomes edgy along with the music. The feel of the story followed the plot perfectly and the viewers emotions were successfully manipulated by the director’s tactics.

The special effects and computer graphics were amazing, they made war scenes seem so realistic and believable. The blood and death seemed so real, along with the tanks and explosions. The soundtrack was subdued throughout the movie, it never detracted from the story. The music added to the emotions because it fit with the mood and dialogue and added a clever sub-text to the story.
This movie was amazing in every way. It brought out so many emotions that makes the movie worth the money and time. The only negatives are the tears that may be shed at some parts in the movie, but other than that it is flawless.

Nicola S. is a grade 12 student who loves horses and movies.
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