War Horse (War Horse, #1) by Michael MorpurgoA powerful tale of war, redemption and a heros journey.
In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joeys courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmers son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
War Horse - Movie Review by Chris Stuckmann
Innocence Is Trampled, but a Bond Endures
Spielberg lays siege to your cynicism, bombarding you with strong and simple appeals to feeling. You may find yourself resisting this sentimental pageant of earlyth-century rural English life, replete with verdant fields, muddy tweeds and damp turnips, but my strong advice is to surrender. Allow your sped-up, modern, movie-going metabolism, accelerated by a diet of frantic digital confections — including Mr. Suppress your instinctive impatience, quiet the snarky voice in your head and allow yourself to recall, or perhaps to discover, the deep pleasures of sincerity. Shot the old-fashioned way, on actual film stock the cinematographer is Mr. The story, in its early chapters, also takes you back to an older — you may well say cornier — style of entertainment.
S teven Spielberg has been working in Britain off and on for 30 years now, long enough in fact to have been awarded an honorary knighthood. But a few days ago, he described War Horse , his movie based on Michael Morpurgo's children's novel about the madness of war, as his first truly British film. Through and through. Actually, the tradition War Horse belongs to is the Hollywood celebration of British pastoral that reached its peak during the second world war with Lassie Come Home and National Velvet. Both were movie versions of novels about lonely, lovable, innocent, working-class children passionately attached to animals in an idealised provincial England. The narrator of the novel is Joey, a near-thoroughbred stallion reared on a West Country farm by the year-old Albert Narracott Jeremy Irvine.
W ar Horse has had an extraordinary career. It started in , with Michael Morpurgo's novel about a boy called Albert and his horse, Joey, who is sent to fight on the bloody battlefields of France in the first world war. The book was short, accomplished and moving, but barely acknowledged until, in , it was turned into a play. Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris's National Theatre production — still stabled at the West End — entranced audiences with its uncanny, life-sized horse puppets. The story became today's Black Beauty, a sentimental education, a must-read classic, a global hit.
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Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of War Horse
War Horse is a war drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis , based on Michael Morpurgo 's novel of the same name and its play adaptation. DreamWorks Pictures acquired the film rights to the novel in December , with Spielberg announced to direct the film in May Having directed many films set during the Second World War , it was his first film to tackle the events of World War I. Produced by DreamWorks Pictures and released worldwide by Touchstone Pictures , War Horse became a box-office success  and was met with positive reviews. In , a bay Thoroughbred is born in Devon , England. Their son Albert Jeremy Irvine , accompanied by his best friend Andrew, names the colt Joey, and teaches him to come when he imitates an owl's call. Against all odds, the horse and boy successfully plough a rocky field, saving the family's farm.