Wednesday, February 1, 2012

War Horse (2011) 5/5


Can you imagine flying over a war and you know you can never look down? You have to look forward, or you'll never get home. ...What could be braver than that?

Viewing the horrors of war from the point of view of an animal. I'm a little surprised this didn't happen earlier (maybe it did, and I'm forgetting it) because it works perfectly to expose war's absolute needlessness. The beautiful boy gets horse-boy loses horse-boy gets horse story is framed perfectly by amazing cinematography and John Williams indispensable score. The pacifist theme is simply icing on the cake.

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