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War Horse

 

 

SCORE: 79

 

War Horse 

 

Movies rated PG-13 can be a real gamble. Some of them are on the edge of a 'R' rating. So I started watching War Horse hoping it would be on the lower end. Thankfully War Horse is on the lower end. I knew a movie placed in World War I was going to have some nasty war scenes. What surprised me is how tame Steven Spielberg made it. In fact there are various instances when the camera goes away for a death.

War Horse is all about a horse. It starts with its birth, and ends with its return to its home land. The horse gets bought by a drunken farmer down on his luck. He will not get outbid by the local rich land owner. His wife can not believe what he has done, and his son gets to working on breaking in the horse. The son and the horse Joey form a bond. They work together to plow the stoney soil.

War comes, and rain ruins their crops. They need money to pay their bills, so the father sells the horse. At this point Joey starts a journey that involves various people. He winds up serving both sides at war. Old attitudes towards animals are shown. They are a resource to be used - nothing more. The commentary on War Horse shows the distinct difference some people feel about animals.

Visually War Horse is stunning. There are so many beautiful areas in this film. The attire of the people harkens back to a day when people dressed with modesty and decency in mind. The hair styles were distinct as well. War is shown as very dark, gloomy, and ugly in War Horse. Both sides are shown as evil. Although the Germans were made a little more sympathetic looking in War Horse.

I loved the various accents in War Horse. Something that was odd is everyone spoke English in War Horse. This led to a little confusion about which side soldiers were on. The music fits the theme and tempo of War Horse in every single area. I found it interesting to see how many people helped Joey in War Horse. Along with all the different names he was given.

Family Friendly Gaming was provided an amazing 4-disc combo pack. This is a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. The bonus features in War Horse are long. There is War Horse The Journey Home, An Extra's Point of View, A Filmmaking Journey, Editing & Scoring, The Sounds of War Horse, and Through the Producers Lens. I personally enjoyed the round table discussions.

The main lesson in War Horse is how majestic horses are. There is also a minor lesson in how horrible war is. The final lesson I gleaned from War Horse is there is no place like home. I also like how loyal Joey was to Albert. The French farmer and his grand daughter ran away with War Horse in my opinion. Their part of the story is just priceless, and very funny.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 69%
Sound: 76%
Replay/Extras: 95%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 79%
System: Blu-ray/DVD
Publisher: Touchstone Pictures
R
ating:  ‘PG-13’ - Parents Strongly Cautioned
{For Intense Sequences of War Violence}

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