Guide for Movie Review #20: “War Horse”

This epic movie based on a book by Michael Morpurgo takes us through the trials and tribulations of a beautiful horse named Joey who is raised on a farm by a young lad, Albert. Joey is sold by Albert’s father to the British army and goes through a series of owners during World War I.

The story is told through Joey’s  “eyes.” How does the director convey what Joey is going through? At what moments in the film are we emotionally involved? How do the humans interact with Joey? What feelings does he bring out in each?

The horrors of war are brought out in this movie but the emphasis is on the horses and their role in this ugly war, particularly that of Joey and another horse, Topthorn. Did you know that Britain sent more than 1 million horses to war between 1914 and 1918? Of those, just 62,000 returned. Which makes us realize what a miracle it was that Joey returned home and to his rightful owner.

Although this review was due on Friday, March 31st, you have until Tuesday, April 4th to submit it without being penalized. ~~LMMolina


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