Tom Hiddleston Weekend – War Horse (2011)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Lee Hall, Richard Curtis (Screenplay) Michael Morpurgo (Novel)

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Emily Watson, Niels Arestrup, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch

 

Plot: Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.


Tagline – Separated by war. Tested by battle. Bound by friendship.

Runtime: 2 Hours 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Incredible Story

 

Story: War Horse starts as the poor farming family Narracotts, former war veteran Ted (Mullan), wife Rose (Watson) and son Albert (Irvine) end up with a horse that shouldn’t be able to work on a farm that Albert manages to teach how to plough, being the only one Joey will listen to.

When the latest crop fails, Ted is forced to sale Joey to the military once the first World War breaks outs, Captain Nicholls (Hiddleston) takes him promising to bring him back safely, however much it breaks Albert’s heart. When Captain Nicholls is killed in action, we see Joey’s next chapter in the war, as Albert enlists in an attempt to become reunited with Joey on the front lines.

 

Thoughts on War Horse

 

Characters – Albert is the farmers boy that proves he will never give up and shows us when it comes to training the horse, which will achieving things it should never get through, he has bonded with Joey who is taken away from him, determined to be reunited with Joey, he enlists in the British army heading off to World War I to fight and find his horse. Ted is the war veteran father, who drinks to get over his problems with what happened in his own battle, reckless in his behaviour, he must make the difficult decision to sell the horse. Rose is the ever-supporting wife and mother that sees the good in both her husband and son, knowing while they might clash they will forever be doing the right thing. Lyons is the landlord that is making the life of the Narracotts difficult forcing him into the decisions that could take the family out of their home. Captain Nicholls is the man that buys Joey, taking him to the war promising to keep him safe and return him after the war with Major Jamie Stewart being the one that naively going into battle underprepared.

PerformancesThe performances in this film are impacted by the number of characters involved in the film, with the likes of Hiddleston and Cumberbatch left with only supporting roles where they make an impact with their limited time. The two main stars of the film would be Jeremy Irvine and the horses themselves that go through the biggest struggles through the film.

StoryThe story here follows the incredible journey through the first World War that a horse endured being forced to work for both the British and the Germans, somehow surviving through the difficulties both sides were facing. We see how one young farmer’s boy risks his life to head to war in hopes o finding his horse in a battle which would take millions of lives. The story itself is incredible, the pacing of the story however does feel inconsistent because we spend ten to fifteen minutes with each chapter, which never gives us enough time for the impact of those scenes.

History/WarThe history involved in the First World War is a moment that changed everyone involved, this is clear from the characters we see, each war scene does feel realistic even if it is more focused on the less graphic moments involved.

SettingsThe film uses the settings wonderfully to make us feel like we are involved in the scenes with the war scenes showing us how difficult the moments were for the men and horses.


Scene of the Movie –
Running free in no man’s land.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not getting enough time with each of the characters we meet.

Final ThoughtsThis is an incredible story showing the journey of one horse through the first World War, this creates the shocking truth of war, while it does lack the time spent on each character.

 

Overall: Incredible story of one horses journey through war.

Rating

 

 

Advertisements

Top 10 Favourite Romantic Comedies

With it being Valentine’s Day this weekend I put together my top ten favourite romantic comedies. I am not the biggest fan of romantic comedies and many of the films on the list won’t make many other peoples lists.

10. She’s Out Of My League (2010) Review

10

When average Joe Kirk (Jay Baruchel) meets the perfect girl Molly (Alice Eve) he has to overcome his belief that he is a five at best and she is a perfect 10. What this film gives the average guy the belief that he can get any girl they want if only they act and treat them correctly.

9. The Proposal (2009)

9

When hard driving editor Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) working visa is set to expire she force her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her and get her a green card. When the two spend the weekend with Andrew’s family they slowly start to fall for each other. What follows is a series of events that prove that you never know someone until you spend time with someone.

8. Love Actually (2003)

8

This is Richard Curtis’ stories of love leading up to Christmas. We have a group of different scenarios all giving a feel good side to love. Some stories are funny like the body doubles while some are more serious like the family being torn apart by an assistant.  With most of the stories inter weaving add to the story.

7. Gigantic (2008) Review

7

When mattress salesman Brian (Paul Dano) meets young lady Happy (Zooey Deschanel) his plans to adopt a Chinese baby start becoming more difficult as he slowly starts to fall for the Happy. In what are two very different characters than what we are used to seeing as leads in Romantic Comedies we get a very good realistic tale of love happening with someone and when you least expect it.

6. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

6

The story follows Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) to very different people who met on a road trip home and become friends and over the years, in a series of will they won’t scenarios we get to see how even as two friends the opposite of sex can fall in love over time.

5. Definitely Maybe (2008)

5

When Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) tells his young daughter about his three loves in life as she has to work out which one is her mother. In what is a series of light hearted comedy moments to show how some people will come into people’s lives can change you. This is one example that falling for a woman can ruin your career if you are not careful.

4. Ruby Sparks (2012) Review

4

In this story Calvin (Paul Dano) is struggling in his personal life and love life, until one day he starts writing about a young lady Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan). Somehow she becomes real and he doesn’t know how to deal with as he starts a relationship with his creation, but when things start going stale he tries to improve things with dire consequences.

3. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Review

3

IN what is a adaption of William Shakespeare’s Taming Of the Shrew we follow a new boy Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) try to find a way to date Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), The only way this can happen is if he can find a date for her older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) enter bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger). In what is a great story of teenage love and struggles through high school this fast became one of the best stories of making it out and standing up for what you want.

2. Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Review

2

When bi-polar Pat (Bradley Cooper) finds his wife cheating on him he ends up in a psychiatric ward. Forced to move back home with his parents he meets depressed Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) and they become friends before becoming close friends that change each other’s lives. This is quite possible the best of all the films on this list, it has so many great scenes and flawless performances from all the stars.

1.       500 Days Of Summer (2009) Review

1

What is not a love story but a story of love we follow Tom (Joseph Gordon Levitt) and his whirlwind relationship with Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Both wanting different things we see how one man’s whole life goes from brilliant to empty thanks to his over emotional attachment to Summer. In what is possibly the best story of real love as we all have been in some part of the love story in our lives.

Honourable Mentions

  • Jersey Girl
  • Rock Of Ages
  • Click