War Horse Movie Analysis

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War Horse During the first World War, Britain lost approximately 887,000 men, nearly 2% of its population as a whole. To this day, World War 1 remains Britain's costliest conflict. Given the enormous carnage of the war, any serious artistic treatment of World War 1 has to take the basic truths of war into consideration. Such is the case with director Steven Spielberg's film War Horse, adapted from the novel of the same name by Michael Marpurgo. War Horse is a film that follows a horse named Joey over four years as he experiences World War 1. A farmer named Ted Narracott purchases a young Joey to plow his farm and, although his wife Rose disapproves the purchase, his son Albert immediately takes to the animal and trains him for farm…show more content…
When it comes to the action and situations presented in the film, anyone can see the enormous amount of attention paid to historical events and details. It's a somewhat remarkable feature for more current films to bring events and language from nearly a century ago to life in such an accurate way. The scenes of trench warfare in particular are very well done and clearly show the horror of war to the viewer. Before going "over the top" to charge the Germans, the British soldiers hand over their wallets and personal belongings to an officer who simply tells them they will get the items back "if" they survive the upcoming assault. One soldier is ordered to remain in the trenches and shoot anyone who retreats from the battle. The look on his face as more and more of his comrades return to the trench during the attack- and he cannot bring himself to shoot them- is one of the films more memorable images. The most telling scene is set in No Man's Land, shows a German and British soldier using wire cutters to rescue Joey from barbed wire he had become trapped in, having nothing more than a casual conversation about home as they do so. War Horse is a film that is very genuine in its emotion, unflinching when it comes to showing the harsh reality of war, and imaginative with its story telling. John William's score and the stunning cinematography only help enhance these points. Seeing something as brutal as warfare
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