Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets-British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter-before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse-an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. –(C) Dreamworks
Scott’s Take – 3 Stars
Steven Spielberg’s Warhorse came under attack for being too sentimental. While I agree that there are plenty of moments of utter sappiness, I also think that you can’t really tell the story of a boy and his horse without some saccharine. I loved Warhorse and thought it was one of the best movies of the year. I implore all of you to give it a chance!
Steve’s Take – 3 Stars
While not Spielberg’s best work, I have to agree with Scott and say that this is surely a movie that you should give a chance. Check it out on Vudu if you don’t want to spend $20 on the bluray and go in blind!
We Bought a Zoo
This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory. — (C) Official Site
I didn’t get a chance to see this one, but I trust Scotty with my life so go read his review now!
That’s all we have wide for this week. Next week we have Meryl Streep’s 67th Academy Award winning performance in The Iron Lady and The Darkest Hour. Have a great week.