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Old fashioned - 10/11/2012 3:45:31 PM   
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This was certainly old fashioned storytelling and okay so it was sentimental. However, I thought it was brilliant. More like the old Spielberg.

I just watched it finally on Sky. I thought it combined many elements that we all know about The Great War pretty well... the trenches, desertion, mustard gas, no man's land, and the birth of the tank.

We probably didn't quite get enough of the brutal slaughter and the futility of war, but there was the poignant scene when the cavalry charge cuts to the riderless horses leaping over the German machine gun lines.

The best compliment I can give Spielberg is that it was like a 1930s movie made today. A film John Ford would have turned out in his sleep. But that is not a criticism, it is a plus.

The heart strings were certainly pulled, but then again that is what movies should be all about.

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A beautifully made war/adventure epic - 7/2/2013 2:29:37 AM   
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I agree with the Empire review on all counts. In the cinema there was applause when this movie ended...and that was in Ayr, Scotland!

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RE: War Horse - 7/8/2013 1:40:37 PM   
Vitamin F


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From: Norn Ireland, so it is

** minor spoilery thing **


ORIGINAL: MartinBlank76

My main problem with the film was that the main character was a horse which we were all meant to be as amazed at and in love with as the characters in the film were.

And I wasnt.

That's it in a nutshell - the sheer amount of amazement shown by characters (often large groups) to a bloody horse went completely over my head. I couldn't give a toss about the horse (never a good sign when there's no connection with the 'hero') and was baffled by the reaction of everyone in the film. It became a bit hokey before long, and giving a horse an overly anthropomorphic death scene while another mourns him really didn't help!

At times I felt this wavered from Saving Private Ryan-lite to Charlottes Web (the horse might as well have had a talking part, he seemed to understand perfect English), but should have been either a kids film or an adult one, not a mash-up of both.

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RE: War Horse - 31/12/2013 12:23:21 PM   


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The material sometimes feels oversugared, though it's also guaranteed to raise a lump in your throat.

War Horse

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