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A timeless story about the sacrifices of love - about the sacrifices a boy makes in a time of war to find his horse and the sacrifices the horse makes just trying to survive this dark episode in history.
Drama War - This is an old-fashioned years-spanning period epic drama. Fans of
the human stars such as Emily Watson may be disappointed by their
fairly limited screen time since the main character is a horse. Some
war and violent scenes will be too intense for young children.
PROFANITY: A few miscellaneous profanities. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Shootings, falls with minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: War combat. COMEDY: Some comic lines; kid and animal humor.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 195 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: Two-thirds loved "War Horse," with a few more rating it above average.
TEENS:Three loved it, one enjoyed it very much and one rated it average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:All but one male enjoyed "War Horse" very much, with quite a few loving it. Almost half the ladies loved it with another large percentage rating it above average.
ADULTS:Great Reviews! Both the males and females enjoyed "War Horse" very much with two-thirds loving it.
The journey begins on the cusp of WWI, as an English farming family buys a fiery
hunter colt at auction despite not having the funds to pay for him. Named Joey,
the horse seems to be nothing but a loss for struggling Ted and Rosie Narracott
(Peter Mullan and two-time Oscar nominee Emily Watson), but their son Albert
(newcomer Jeremy Irvine) is determined to tame and train him, making the most of
Joey's enthralling spirit, speed and affection. The two are inseparable, but
breaks out, they are pulled apart as Joey is sold from under him and heads to
the front as the mount of a dashing
British cavalry officer.
Thus starts Joey's labyrinthine trek through joy and sorrow, hardship and
wonder, as this simple horse becomes
a remarkable hero, touching lives on all sides of the war with his innocence,
purity of motive, and unconditional
devotion to his human friends. He pulls battlefield ambulances, whisks away
German soldiers on the run, fires the
imagination of a French girl and hauls colossal cannons up mountains. Albert heads into the trenches on his own perilous mission, Joey finds himself
ensnared in the haunting No Man's
Land between British and German territory. But even when it seems there can be
no return, he sets in motion a
momentary chance for peace and holds fast to a dream of reunion and renewal.