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War Horse

War Horse

A film by Steven Spielberg

Movie review

An adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel in which World War I was viewed through the eyes of a miraculous horse, War Horse superficially resembles Au Hasard Balthazar, in which the protagonist was a donkey. But even though the film is mostly set in France, we’re not so much in Bresson territory as in that of John Ford, Victor Fleming and David Lean. Filled with overwhelming visions of beauty and horror, thanks to cinematographer extraordinaire Janusz Kaminski, Steven Spielberg’s latest is an epic, unapologetically sentimental picture in the grand old tradition of classic Hollywood prestige pictures. And it all builds up to a wordless sunset finale that won’t leave a dry eye in the house. Expect War Horse to win, or at least get nominated for, a whole lot of Oscars.

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