Telling war through the eyes of a horse is inspired, especially since people have more feelings for animals dying on screen than people. But, I hate annoying fake foreign accents. The sentimental ending is also Spielberg's Achilles heel. The script is full of convenient things happening and it is all really just a darker type of a traditional "Black Beauty" story.
By the time the climax is dragged in, the battle for the audience’s minds, if not their hearts, is over. In the thick of a battle between the British and Germans at the Somme, Joey becomes the catalyst for the most improbable wartime plot turn since McHale joined the Navy.... (Entire review now playing at deepintomovies.blogspot and on Facebook as Deeper Into Movies.)
Spielberg rarely makes a truly bad film, (even if the 00s weren't quite as successful for him as the 90s were) but you know what you're going to get about 10 minutes in. Apart from some well needed editing, this is about as good as it gets from a film which takes its comic relief from a goose.