DreamWorks Pictures' "War Horse," director Steven Spielberg's epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. "War Horse" begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets--British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter--before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man's Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse--an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. "War Horse" is one of the great stories of friendship and war-- a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.
- Steven Spielberg
- Richard Curtis, Lee Hall
- Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell
It's almost a great war movie in one direction, and almost a piece of irredeemable cheese in the other, and there you have it.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 12.25.2011
It's not that a film can't be lighthearted family fare, a gritty war epic and a weepie all at once; the problem is that here, those elements feel strictly compartmentalized -- and calculated.Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 12.28.2011
Amid the incomprehensible slaughter, it's a horse that reminds these warriors of their humanity.David Edelstein, New York Magazine, 12.29.2011
The material sometimes feels oversugared, though it's also guaranteed to raise a lump in your throat.Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 01.05.2012