Sunday, December 25, 2011

Film: 'War Horse' is the purest sort of love story

[ via LA Times ] 25 Dec

Steven Spielberg is known for his innovative, extraordinary different movies. His latest adventure motion picture "War Horse" is an epic family drama about the enduring connection between a boy and his horse and the Great War that tears them apart, has the sweep of a classic John Ford movie, the sentiment of Frank Capra and a spirited steed named Joey who will steal your heart. The film itself, which opens Sunday, is more difficult to love.

The emotional signature of the director can be felt from the first frames as he establishes the relationship and the mood of the piece — there will be tears. The setting is rural England on the eve of the First World War, the moors and all their harsh beauty made gorgeous by cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, a longtime Spielberg collaborator, who uses the same painterly touch whether the scene is pastoral or decimated by war....... 

Read full review at: The LA Times


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