This movie tells the story about the young Albert and his loved horse Joey. It is based on the children’s novel “War horse” written by Michael Morpurgo (1982) and the same called play from 2007.Albert (Jeremy Irvine) knows the thoroughbred Joey since his birth and they are connected through a close relationship. He is able to convince his father to buy the horse at auction and Albert starts to train the horse for the work on the farm of his father.
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Unfortunately the family has many money problems and does not know how to pay the rent to his landlord Lyon. Finally the father needs to sell the horse to a young cavalry soldier who will use the horse during the World War I.
This is the beginning of a long journey. Joey has several different owners and every single one has his own experiences and sufferings during the war. The horse meets new friends and enemies and his life is dominated by the change and uncertainty of the world war.
Albert misses his horse a lot. He decides to join the army and hopes to find his Joey.
The movie is very impressive and underlines the horrible senselessness of the war out of many different perspectives and also from different sides of the line of battle. The attention of the viewer is completely caught and you really suffer vicariously with all the characters.
- Evaluation: 7,2 (from 10 possible points)
- Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis
- Directed by: Steven Spielberg
- Music by: John Williams
- The film may be seen by people over 12 years
- Year of release: 2011
- Length: 146 minutes