Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Courtesy photo) Jeremy Irvine is shown in "War Horse."
DVD review: ‘War Horse’ a sturdy ride
First Published Apr 02 2012 11:28 am • Last Updated Aug 05 2012 11:31 pm

Grade • B+

DVD • Steven Spielberg’s skills as a craftsman, to create luminous images and craft a moving story, get a workout in "War Horse."

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

This epic, adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel by Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot") and Richard Curtis ("Love, Actually"), follows Joey, a thoroughbred horse bought at auction by an English tenant farmer (Peter Mullan) and trained on the plow by the farmer’s teen son, Albert (Jeremy Irvine).

Then the First World War breaks out, and Joey is commandeered for the Army. It’s the first of many harrowing stops for Joey, and it’s through his eyes we see the horrors of combat.

We also re-encounter Albert, who takes drastic steps to be reunited with his horse. Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski capture indelible images of peaceful farms and violent combat, in service to a simple but heart-tugging tale of survival and loyalty. (Spielberg doesn’t do commentary tracks, but he does appear in a behind-the-scenes featurette.)

— Sean P. Means

For an archive of more CD, video and game reviews, go to www.sltrib.com/topics/poptop.




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.