Watch: War Horse 2011 123movies, Full Movie Online – On the outbreak of the First World War, Albert’s beloved horse ‘Joey’ is sold to the Cavalry by his Father. After being sent to France, in a bid to survive, Joey has an unexpected journey across war torn Europe. Albert enlists in the British Army, and is wounded during the Battle of the Somme. Whilst recovering in Hospital, he learns of a Horse, found in no mans land..
Plot: Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.
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A too long story of a horse in times of WW I and its relationship with a young brit and some other characters in the way.
Too childish but another family movie from Spielberg in the tradition of E.T. and the like.
I absolutely understand why _War Horse_ got the highbrow attention that it did, but I did not find it satisfying on a personal level.
Final rating:★★ – Definitely not for me, but I sort of get the appeal.
Spielberg’s film is his vision of Michael Morpurgo’s beloved book, which must surely now be essential reading for all kids, if it wasn’t before.
Superficially it’s about a horse named Joey and a boy called Albert, who become inseparable through a series of unfortunate events – World War I being one of them. A closer look reveals a story of such overwhelming humanity that I was bowled over. Spielberg was the only director for this film because he knows what it means to be a child.
Whether or not it is apparent in the book, there’s no doubt this is a war film, one that ranks with Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Schindler’s List’. Emily Watson’s character utters a line about the refusal of being proud of killing, which is the line one might use to summarise the film’s point. Because Spielberg is Jewish, this line is pregnant with meaning. It’s his noble way of saying that, despite the suffering received by his kin, he is willing to forgive their oppressors.
There’s a scene where Joey is trapped by barbed-wire in no man’s land and is freed by the combined effort of an Englishman and a German, who put aside their differences under the name of human decency. The scene is breathtaking, and it’s the sort which no-one does better than Spielberg.
Long-time collaborator John Williams provides a moving score, regardless of its resemblance to the one he composed for ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski reminds us of the beauty of our rural regions by photographing the Devonshire countryside with reverence.
Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Niels Arestrup and Tom Hiddleston form the principal cast and are wonderful. Nothing could have prepared me for how much I’d be moved. There’s no reason why you won’t be.
Mediocre and mostly improbable horse tale
I quite enjoy most of Spielberg’s films. From the trailers I had moderate expectations that he would deliver good entertainment value, which is why we go to the cinema in the first place. I am not familiar with the novel that this film is based on and know nothing of the play version. I know a few facts about WW1. The operative word that kept going through my mind in the film was “improbable”. It is a given that at some point in most films you are requested to surrender your belief that the images are realistic representations of some story. In this case WW1 is a fairly well known event so if you place your drama in the midst of it you had better get it right.
The drama begins in Devon just before the war, where an impoverished and semi drunken farmer bids an enormous amount of money for a horse that would be put to use behind a plow. While most level headed men would have purchased a stocky draft animal that was well suited to hauling a plow over rough terrain, this farmer inexplicably buys a horse far beyond his purse and his choice is a thoroughbred, unbroken racing horse. His young son has had eyes on this horse for several years, don’t you know and throws his body into saving the horse from his fathers wrath. Eventually his father has to sell the horse to pay for the rent on the farm. The horse is bought up by the British Army and is shipped off to France and Belgium to help in the war effort. The young lad is too young to go fight in the war just yet but don’t you know that he’ll be there just as soon as he possibly can. And in the back of his mind he is hoping against all odds to find his horse. And at the end of the film, again against the highest of all odds he finds his horse. A more impossibly silly story in Spielberg’s output is rarely found. The horse is taken over by several different people who for short periods of time take care of it. In the midst of the carnage of a full scale front line bombardment it survives being entwined in layers of barbed wire, while a plucky and perhaps insane British soldier decides to wander out under cover of a white flag to try and relieve the horse of it’s sufferings. Don’t you know that the horse is down closer to the German lines and a brave and perhaps equally foolish German soldier wanders out to watch what the British soldier is going to do with the horse. At this point, I’d have to say that it’s all down hill and into a Disney-like wrap up.
The battle scenes are very loud (I had to plug my ears) but there is very little gratuitous blood and gore, that lots of his films are rich with. No head exploding, blood flying everywhere like in Saving Private Ryan. This seems to have been toned down for a younger audience appeal, maybe? The problems with the film are obvious. The first 2/3’s of the film are slow, ponderous, quiet, overly dramatic but without any direction to a climax. The war is depicted for what it was, horrific and led by supremely inept leadership on both sides. This is really a side bar, because this is a horse movie. That we watch British Cavalry ride off with sabres flashing, as if they were fighting Napoleon, only to be mowed down in a slaughtering hail of bullets from machine guns, is really the only major display of insanity that the witless leadership brought down on themselves. That they fought trench war fare and were killed or maimed by gas is given just a passing glance. The war in this film is a distraction and at the point where it looms large on the screen you’ve forgotten exactly where this film was supposed to be going. Oh yes, the horse.
A quick glance at Wikipedia tells me that at least 480,000 horses died on the British side alone. That this film wants us to zoom in on the travails of just one of them in the midst of maybe a million others, is far fetched and a stretch too far. Would we be as swept up in the glorious drama (these are words used by other reviewers) if some heart broken bloke had his dog overseas and in the trenches and somehow he finds it in the middle of hell? It is preposterous. This part of the film reminds me of two other occasions where a major Hollywood film puts men at risk of the trenches with someone trying to keep a sharp eye open for a close friend or relative, the premise being that they’ve given a promise to someone back home that they’d bring them back alive. It was covered in “Legends of the fall” where the brother dies and it is covered in “Passchendaele” where the main lead gets himself killed. Those were more believable front line stories than War Horse.
I found the dialogue unmoving, the visual images overly beautiful, the plot predictable in the midst of a muddy sea of improbabilities. And for God’s sake, Spielberg has the German soldiers speaking English but as they are led away in a march, the officer leading them away counts off in German. Give me a break. Consistency be damned. The music was predictable John Williams fare. All in all I was let down and found the first 2/3’s of the film tedious and too slow. I would hardly use the words “stunning”, “enthralling”, or “exceptional”. Surprising let down from a real master.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 26 min (146 min)
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama
Director Steven Spielberg
Writer Lee Hall, Richard Curtis, Michael Morpurgo
Actors Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis
Country United States, India
Awards Nominated for 6 Oscars. 15 wins & 77 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix SDDS, Datasat, Dolby Digital, Dolby Surround 7.1
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 235, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 435, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA, DeLuxe, London, UK (dailies)
Film Length 4,010 m (Portugal, 35 mm), 4,037 m (Spain)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format), Super 35 (4-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema