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    I didnt get to see yesterday, but heard it was amazing and make sure to bring tissues? And your opinion is.............
    May the sun shine on you daily, and your worries be gone with the wind.

  • #2
    I think there is a thread on every forum about this. Mixed reviews. I am afraid to go.


    • #3
      I'm not reading any reviews- just going on my own gut. So...hush ye of little faith...


      • #4
        I'm a little skeptical myself. Friends want to go, it's supposed to rain tomorrow, so we'll see ...

        Not skeptical of the quality of the film, but whether or not I want to experience the story.
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        • #5
          Bring tissues... beautifully filmed but sentimental. Both my husband and I enjoyed the movie, although I preferred Seabiscuit to War Horse.


          • #6
            I really enjoyed it. Yes, bring tissues for the end, but it is a happy crying, not sad. There are a few parts that make you cringe, but it is an incredible story. I would definitely recommend it


            • #7
              We enjoyed it, bit gruesome in the fighting - but beautiful cinema-photography, and a good story...Lots and lots of beautiful horse flesh...


              • #8
                Sad to say I thought Seabiscuit was a much more enjoyable dramatic movie with horses involved.

                I liked War Horse, but I will forever thank my body for needing a trip to the facilities timed perfectly with the first battle scene. I heard enough in the thrumming bass from the bathroom to know that it was best I not return to the seat until the tempo and score lightened up.

                During the next big battle scene I was huddled sideways into John crushing my ears shut with my fingers and eyes firmly closed. But then I am a wuss.

                The idea of this story is fantastic. The book is epic. But the ideas and the printed word, and yes even the Broadway production never bring us face to face with ripping bullets and torn flesh. (equine and human alike) That part of the reality of war was very hard to handle for me. And no I have never seen "Saving Private Ryan." Duh!

                The upswing is that they were wise to blend some great happy and comedic moments into the performance to balance the hard stuff. The conversations about what life is like in the trenches had me rolling.

                I had brought a pocketful of kleenex but never used them. The trailers got me worse than the majority of this movie. I liked the movie but I was mentally unsettled all night. More kind of in shock at the elements of the plot and how it had likely happened for real not so long ago. And that reality kind of put me into a numb uneasiness. And that was with covering my eyes and missing the "worst" stuff. But then I prefer to think that we live in a world without this kind of violence, and maybe it's good for all us to have to face what "war" is. And if a horse leads us to a needed dose of reality about mankind, then so be it.

                3 Hooves up (out of 5)

                Last edited by Xctrygirl; Dec. 26, 2011, 04:19 PM. Reason: spelling correction from John the editor.
                "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


                • #9
                  How did you get a spare hoof?


                  • #10
                    It's definitely worth seeing. Bring tissues. I found a couple scenes in the beginning to be a little much (horse meets boy, horse loves boy, boy trains horse with the sheer power of his love, etc etc) but overall it was excellent. I really got sucked into the plot. Enjoy!
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                    • #11
                      If you want to sob, run right out and get a copy of SNOWMAN the Eighty Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts. Holy cow...opens at the New Holland auction, 1956. I was BAWLING in my bed last night and I hadn't even gotten through the first chapter. Fantastic story, total sobber.
                      Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by airhorse View Post
                        How did you get a spare hoof?
                        I dunno about you, but my horse has a 5th leg when we need it! (And I think he uses it for entertainment when he's alone)

                        "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
                          If you want to sob, run right out and get a copy of SNOWMAN the Eighty Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts. Holy cow...opens at the New Holland auction, 1956. I was BAWLING in my bed last night and I hadn't even gotten through the first chapter. Fantastic story, total sobber.
                          Pol, rumor has it you'll weep reading almost ANY horse story. Comes with the granny territory, methinks. (Which is to say I find myself tearing up at certain Budweiser commercials.)

                          Haven't seem the movie and probably won't until it comes to the second run Art Deco house in our area. But a friend saw it on Broadway a week ago and RAVED about it (although she recommends many tissues for that as well). No...today it was Peter Pan 360 with the grandkids.
                          They don't call me frugal for nothing.
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                          • #14
                            I'm with Emily on this one. The problem was that I read the book and hoped the movie would be more faithful to the story. It wasn't. I, too, cried more during the previews than during the actual movie, although there was a scene with barbed wire that I was weeping through. I didn't cry at the end, though. The cinematography was incredible, and the battle scenes were well done in that they implied the carnage and didn't actually show it (unlike Saving Private Ryan). The "training" in the beginning was a bit sappy and definitely unrealistic. The horse that played Topthorn (I realize that there were probably quite a few, but the one that played him when you first met him) was incredible - I was drooling and wanted to take him home. I thought the movie did a great job of showing the horrors of war on the local populace and the horses - not so good on the training bit. Go see it if you haven't read the book or watched the play. Know that you are watching a Hollywoodized version of the film if you have seen the play or read the book.

                            All in all, it was enjoyable, but I enjoyed Seabiscuit more. And I have mixed feelings about The Eighty Dollar Champion book - liked some parts, suffered through others.
                            "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

                            So, the Zen Buddhist says to the hotdog vendor, "Make me one with everything."


                            • #15
                              It's a good movie! Like others, I rather go see Seabiscuit, but I'll give War Horse a solid B. The cinematography is absolutely stunning. There was a little bit too much cheese for me, especially the voice over whinnies, but overall a great film. Loved the plot and war viewpoints of the different characters by way of Joey.


                              • #16
                                Just went and saw it and my Dad and I really enjoyed it!! Some of the scenes went on for a bit and there were some cheezy moments but the storyline was great! Made me cry for sure!


                                • #17
                                  I agree with the previous posts, when emailing my friends that asked if their mature 7 year olds daughers could watch the film I replied to both mothers, there isn't profanity or nudity, but think 'Saving Private Ryan' in war scenes before allowing your young 'mature' daughters to watch. The movie has many Hollywood moments, but it shows what these amazing horses endured during the war(s), there is a very sentimental story connected to one very special horse and those of us that have been fortunate enough to have that one amazingly special horse in our life (past or present) can identify with the love the main character has for his horse. Much is unrealistic when it comes to to the horse, but I don't begrudge any of it as it is a beautiful story with a beautiful message and I would recommend one and all to see.


                                  • #18
                                    saw it last night - definitely Disney-esque and as others mentioned the war scenes were a bit difficult - didn't need any tissues but did have a clear lump in my throat for a good part of the movie; I did leave wondering how many youngish boys will now sign up for riding lessons - as one message from the movie is that it is cool to be a boy and love horses and they aren't just for girls. It's a lovely movie and certainly worth going.


                                    • #19
                                      I saw it yesterday and wasn't a fan. Way too melodramatic. I think the story had potential but in an effort to keep it PG13 it wasn't that realistic. If a horse went through three wire fences it would have a lot more than a couple scratches.


                                      • #20
                                        I saw it today -- I have to agree, way over the top with the sentimentalism. I wish the cinematographer and director would have let the power of the story and the horses speak for itself instead of trying so hard.

                                        Although I did learn that I have been working way to hard training my horses -- all I have to do is explain things in plain English and then demonstrate it for them myself and they will magically step right in and perform the skill I want!

                                        It was a sweet story and the horses themselves were very lovely. The end shot was a direct steal from Gone With The Wind (we were waiting for Scarlet to run in and steal the horse!) which made me giggle a bit. I actually did not think the war scenes were that graphic compared to other films that deal much more directly with battlefield carnage. Although the barbed wire vs. horse made me shudder.

                                        There were some endearing moments and a few wonderful lines, I'd give it a B for a good effort.
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