[Movie Review] War Horse

I was invited to an advanced screening to the movie, War Horse, a couple of weeks ago. I am not a fan of War movies but do like horses thus my expectation of the movie wasn’t that high. Honestly, I’ve got a bit worry when I heard the movie is going to be 2 hours 40 mins. To my surprise, it didn’t feel long at all.

The story sets in World War I,  scenes in the movie althernate between war and open grassy land, contrasting between gloomy grey and bright green. The main theme of the movie is about the bonding between the horse and it’s encounters – both horse and human. Although it’s around the World War I period, it lacks the action comparing to the limited War movies I’ve watched. There were some gun and cannon shots but the war was quickly skipped over. There are some depressing elements in the movie of what people faced during the War and how horses are being mistreated. Having said that, there are humours to balance the movie as well.

I would say this is a War movie for girls. It leans toward emotions and feelings rather than full on action. Overall, I’ve enjoyed it and really, it didn’t feel like it’s 2 hours and 40 mins long.