Film Review: Warhorse

| 26 December , 2011 | Reply

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Staring: Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hiddleston, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, and Peter Mullan
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 3.5/5

Based on the 1982 children\’s novel by Michael Morpurgo, Warhorse is an endearing story of friendship set in the rolling Devon countryside of Southwest England on the edge of the First World War.

When struggling farmer Ted Narracott (Peter Mullan) eyes a young part thoroughbred at a local horse auction he knows that he is the horse he has to bring home. All plans for a sturdy working Clydesdale aside, Ted begins a bidding war with his privileged landowner Lyons (David Thewlis) and while he wins the horse, he also accrues thirty pounds of debt; enough to put his home and farm at risk when a bad season means that he can\’t keep up with his rent.

But an incredible bond has formed between the horse and Ted\’s son Albert, who has taken it upon himself to train the young Gelding whom he names Joey. In order to keep Joey, Albert must train him to work like a farm horse, performing incredible tasks to prove his worth. However, when the bells of WWI ring through the town, the love between boy and horse is not strong enough to save Joey from the war.

Joey is taken on as the steed of Captain Nicholls (Tom Hiddleston) who promises to return him to the too-young-to-enrol Albert at then end of the war if he is able to do so. Captain Nicholls takes Joey to France for a cavalry operation, and here begins Joey\’s journey of four years on the Western Front in which his story becomes entwined those of with British, German, and French troops and civilians.

Although not overly violent, the war footage is often too confronting for little viewers in this holiday tearjerker. But older kids and adults alike will be impressed with the restrained but realistic war scenes brought to you by the man involved in Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan. Warhorse takes a responsible path for young minds, sympathising with kind souls on both sides of the trenches. A light hearted scene in which a German and an English soldier work together to save Joey from a barbed wire fence in no man\’s land is particularly poignant.

A tale of insurmountable courage and a young boy\’s love for his horse in the midst of destruction; Warhorse is an inspirational film for young animal lovers and budding history buffs.

Warhorse is in cinemas now.


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