War Horse

Tuesday, September 27 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

War Horse

JOY REVIEW

War Horse is directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, and is based on a young adult novel that became a very successful Tony winning production at Lincoln Center via the Royal Shakespeare Theater, dealing with puppets. Having seen the play, I was a little nervous about the movie because the play was phenomenal. The movie is different. It adds some more events, because the play was 90 minutes and the movie is a little over two hours. In this, you can clearly see the young adult novel parts of it; it’s got incredibly cute boys and girls who play the parts. The story is a rather drunken British farmer decides that there are small days and big days and on his big day he pays much too much for a horse, which is a thoroughbred, when he was sent to find a plow horse. His long suffering wife, played by Emily Watson, who’s always wonderful, and the scenes of the boy training the horse, Joey, are absolutely wonderful and would appeal to all young men and of course every little girl. And then World War I happens and the father sells the horse in order not to lose the farm, and the horse goes off to war, as does eventually the boy:  will they be reunited?  Will either survive?  This is a powerful anti-war movie, kind of “Saving Private Roan,” get it, a horse…okay, so its a little bit of a sappy movie to be quite honest and the last scene seemed right out of Gone With the Wind, but having said that, you’ll shed a tear. It’s a wonderful movie. It’s a great movie for the whole family. I just wish it had been a little less sappy at the end, but I’ll still give it four stars anyway. You’ll love it.

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