War Horse


Rating: 3 ½ / 5 stars
By Sally Burgess, Technical Manager 

Saving Private Ryan meets Seabiscuit in this new offering from Steven Spielberg. Newcomer Jeremy Irvine is young farmhand Albert, whose horse Joey is sold by his dad to the cavalry to help with the war effort in 1914. Joey ends up in the French trenches, and in one outstanding scene, right in the middle of no man’s land. Albert enlists in the army despite being underage to try and find him… but will he ever be reunited with his beloved horse? 

War Horse features some good performances all round, and as Albert, Jeremy Irvine does what he can with some truly corny dialogue. But the best performance belongs to Toby Kebbell (of Guy Ritchie’s Rocknrolla), who plays Geordie soldier Colin. His scenes with a German soldier as they worked together to free Joey from no man’s land were the best in the movie as far as I was concerned. In fact, the movie only really stepped up a gear when the action moved to the trenches. 

The violence in the movie is nothing like that of Saving Private Ryan, and families will enjoy this latest Spielbergian offering. I could have done with a bit less sugar on the script myself but the film has a real heart, and is still well worth a watch. 

Standout performance: Toby Kebbell

War Horse
M- contains violence
Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch
Genre: Drama
Running time: 156 mins

This movie is now showing at Reading Cinemas in Queenstown. This review has been written and rated by Sally Burgess of Reading Cinemas Queenstown.