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War Horse sentimental but captivating 

Steven Spielberg delivers again with a grand, old-fashioned drama

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It’s an ambitious project to make an animal the star of a film without overloading on the cheese factor. Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is sentimental, but it’s also touching and beautifully shot, in a grand, big-budget Hollywood way. Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) is a poor Devon farm boy whose drunkard father (Peter Mullan) sells his horse, Joey, to the cavalry when World War I breaks out. We follow the horse's odyssey through dangerous terrain and various captors---as a transient roster of characters moves through, Albert and Joey keep what could be a disjointed story, not only cohesive, but captivating. From gruesome battle scenes to slapstick slips to heart-warming reunions, this film runs the gamut, and you can’t help but give in.
War Horse
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 146 min. · 2011
Official Site: www.warhorsemovie.com
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Lee Hall and Richard Curtis
Producer: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
Cast: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch and Toby Kebbell

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