War Horse (Film)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 February, 2012, 12:00am


In War Horse, a young horse named Joey develops a strong friendship with farm boy Albert (Jeremy Irvine). When the first world war arrives in England, Joey is thrown into the front line, but Albert must remain behind because he's not old enough to go to war.

Before long, Joey is on a journey through Europe, where he meets friendly people who help in his quest to be reunited with Albert.

Much like close-ups of human actors, close-ups of Joey's face are used prominently. It sounds ridiculous - and to an extent, it is. But there's some animal-loving part of you that can't help but feel some tinge of emotion from looking at his face. If you let your imagination run free, you may detect a mild sense of his struggle through the eyes. Mostly though, it's director Steven Spielberg taking horse acting way too seriously.

War Horse features one of the most intriguing, amusing scenes I've seen in a long time. Picture a British and a German soldier engaging in banter in the middle of no man's land, a momentary truce created by a four-legged animal. The satire is genius; the irony of a horse bringing mankind together is unforgettably poignant. You're left with one question: could war be settled by a simple coin flip? That's an oversimplified solution to a complex issue, but it does raise plenty of 'what if' questions.