Out now on DVD and Blu-Ray is Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominated drama War Horse.

Synopsis: When a farmer buys a thoroughbred horse to work on his family farm, his son Albert befriends and trains the horse named Joey. When Joey is sold to the cavalry as World War One begins, Albert enlists in the army and across Europe in the hope of finding his beloved horse once again.

War Horse  was not high on my list of films to see however I would probably list it as one of my favourite films from 2011. Adapted from the novel by Michael Morpurgo, the story could be seen as somewhat cheesy at times but it doesn’t half hit the right spot. Spielberg has proven over the years to be the master of storytelling and this is no exception, throw in some fine performances from the talented young leads including Jeremy Irvine, War Horse  is an emotional thrill ride.

Spielberg depicted warfare to scary realism with Saving Private Ryan and he again demonstrates this skill with some superb battle scenes including the Battle of the Somme. Amidst the war across Europe the film never loses site of the true story of how one horse can affect so many lives.

The biggest compliment you can give a film is even though it clocks in at 146 minutes, I was never bored and this is credit to the man behind the camera.

The ever reliable John Williams provides the score which combines beautifully with Janusz Kaminski’s cinematography that gives the film a particular grittiness to the touching, epic action.

So if you’re scratching your head as to what to watch this coming week, then War Horse  is highly recommended and will be the perfect addition to your film collection.

8/10

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