I think Spielberg has his formula for film and will continue to use it to make critics love him. I think he should retire.
A little too cheesy and just too fast-paced. You're never given a chance to really feel the characters. One moment they appear out of nowhere - the next moment they're dead. It's a shame, because Spielberg picked a fantastic cast. Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston, for instance - their part of the story should have been longer. A slightly disappointing piece, overall.
Created solely to make viewers cry, War Horse fails to win a place in our hearts and make a difference. Joey's story is indeed moving and heroic but the director recurs to too many tear-catalizers, brutal imagery and stoic sentimentalism to make it work as serious film-making. The cinematography is brilliant as always and the music is pure John Williams, but this time Spielberg's talent wasn't enough to work it out.
Rewatched it and loved it even more I think. Cried many many times and nearly started sobbing at the end scene, but held back as my Mother was watching it with me. Beautiful beautiful film in every way.
"Germans are mean brutes who hate horses and blood wasn't used in war until 1942." - Steven Spielberg
It's always magic hour in England, characters cast multiple shadows and are so over-lit they look like cardboard cutouts. It's like a lighting equipment farm out there. What were Kaminski/Spielberg thinking?! Nature should be filmed with utmost respect, not brutalised by aggressive artificial lighting. After the swollen Act 1, film becomes quite amazing. "Tintin" was all great, but this needs director Sam Peckinpah.
You expect a very schmaltzy film and that is what you get. Not the greatest film but the beautiful story makes this film worth watching.
Another score of shameless pastiche from John Williams, but that's OK, because the man is awfully good at it, and his sources are sublime. Another stab at tear-jerking, soul-inflating dream-work from Steven Spielberg, and when he has the right vehicle for it, as without question he does here, it is a privilege to hand my emotions over to him and let the manipulations begin. Not a great film, but a beautiful one.
The horse's presence and personality were more convincing than all the human characters put together. And not having a consistently engaging human anchor for the story kept me from absorbing the full effect of the admittedly impressive photography and scene-setting atmosphere. Was it just me, or was the editing all jittery and truncated? Seemed like most of the scenes should've been extended a few beats longer.
Quizás la mejor película de Spielberg desde Munich. Secuencias e imágenes memorables (el uso de las aspas de molino durante la ejecución, esa tregua entre los soldados enemigos para ayudar a Joey) y una, definitivamente, para la historia (el caballo huyendo y enredándose con las alambradas). También un prodigioso ejemplo del uso del fuera de campo para recrear la violencia y la muerte.
Great cinematography, but I find it hard to relate to a horse. I suppose it's not Spielberg's fault that I'm not a horse.