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War Horse (DVD)
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War Horse (DVD)
Advantages: Gives a different perspective of historical fact which dealienates the futility of war
Disadvantages: None.The transition from book to movie is beautifully done
Having read the book and watched the movie, from a feminine perspective, I have to say that they both get the thumbs up from me. They both recreate an euphoric nostalgic sensation of a time long past, when life was complex still, but had spiritual purity and a lasting sense of morality. However, this should not deter any generation from going to watch this movie as it offers the viewer an incredible journey from a unique perspective. The story in the book is told from the horse, Joey's viewpoint and is altered slightly. I am pleased to report that this is not that noticeable in the movie and the director has interpreted the relationships perfectly.
The movie's cinematography sweeps with the expanse of an epic across wide open spaces with grandeur and panache, while the story pulls you in, compelling you to watch and learn and re-experience from a very human perspective, how their lives must have been.
It is set during the onset of the First World War and deals with many serious social issues effectively. Where the movie differs most from the book is that Morpurgo (as he is writing for a younger generation) tends to be less biased and patriotic than the movie. It is, without a doubt, a difffiicult subject matter for any generation to comprehend, let alone a younger one. Apparently, Spielberg interviewed many of the familes whose ancestors had undertaken the responsbility of tending to the welfare of horses during WW1 with satisfying results. This empathic understandiing and care shines through the entire movie, which in my opinion is not twee but necessary. The star of the movie 'Joey's' plight is ultimately to survive the war and return home and while he sees and experiences the horrors of the guns, the rats, the trenches, the mud, mustard gas and continuous explosions, he also witnesses his fellow animals being shot and wounded. When he loses his first captain after his first charge of the war, he keeps on running straight into the German Camp.
The story is further complicated by human reaction to him, which sets him on a pathway that he has little control over. It is a must see movie and I would rate it as a 10/10.
Summary: A must see movie that shines & flawlessly gives a new historical perspective on the futility of war