Thursday, January 5, 2012

War Horse

Before Christmas I saw an advertisement for the movie "War Horse". I remember turning to my sister and saying, "I wonder if I'm going to see that movie." There was something about it that kind of appealed to me even though it's pretty much the exact opposite of any movie I would normally see.

Well, see it, I did. Yesterday, to be precise. It was a very emotional movie. Luckily I was able to see it through a light hearted lens - literally. I bought a silly lens yesterday at the Detroit Institute of Art. My friend and I purposely sat in the back row of the movie theater so I could try it out on the movie. Don't worry, I didn't film the movie, use a flash, or have the sound on. I only occasionally took a picture that looked like this picture of the War Horse (right) and his best friend. (I added the heart later.)


War Horse was pretty good. I give it 6 neighs (out of ten). I'd give it more except it was sad. War Horse had to go through a lot, and saw a lot of things I'm sure he'd rather forget. As far as animals movies go, it was much sadder than Babe, and even sadder than Free Willy, as seen on this illustration I made (I was told my whale didn't look right, but personally I think I nailed it):

All three animals had to go through a lot, but I think War Horse definitely had it the worst.

Babe: Had to learn how to herd sheep, make friends, and get the farmer to dance (which was pretty much the most emotional scene in movie history).

Free Willy: Had to teach a boy to love, deal with kids tapping on his aquarium without totally losing it, then jump over a breakwater to freedom. And didn't he also have to go through a car wash?

War Horse: I really don't want to say what he went through because it was too awful. But suffice it to say, he'll never be the same.

Throughout the movie I just kept repeating in my head, "no animals were harmed in the filming of this movie" because it's not easy to see animals suffer in any movie. Remember when a goose made fun of Babe? Heartbreaking.*

If you want to see War Horse, see it. Just know, it's sadder than Babe as far as animal movies are concerned.

*I don't remember if that actually happened but I wouldn't be surprised if it did.


Nate Stamper said...

Whale...nailed it!

Melanie said...

I saw War Horse with my family last week. My mom and dad were arguing over what type of movie it was. My dad said it was a chick-flick and my mom said it was a war movie. I told my dad the only reason he said it was a "chick flick" was because he cried. He didn't deny it.

Overall, I thought it was good, but slow moving. The second half was a lot better than the first half. I could have used a silly lens in the first half of the movie.

Kristin McElderry said...

i almost died laughing reading this. so funny elizabeth.

Erin Gong said...

Would Free Willy move up the heartbreaking scale if you accounted for the fact that he had to go through not just one but 2 sequels?

Elizabeth Downie said...

Good point, Erin. I never saw the sequels. Did the same whale play Willy? Cause I feel like I heard somewhere that the original Willy was covered with barnacles or something. Also, what happened? Did he get captured again? I might need to rent these sequels....

Still, I doubt Willy's 1, 2, or 3 have seen the things War Horse did.

Katherine said...

Seriously, your illustration is the BEST!!! The whale!!! :D Hee hee! I love the scale! I don't know if your review made me want to see War Horse as much as it made me want to go back and watch Babe and Free Willy again... I'm pretty sure I saw at least one of the FW sequels, and I don't remember what hardships were endured. Also, can I borrow your lens when I DO see War Horse?

Liz said...

There were actually a total of 4 Free Willy films, each more gripping than the last.
I loved War Horse; it was such a beautiful story. I give it 9 out of 10. It's also a play, I'd love to see it on broadway I hear they use a life size puppet for the horse but its not cheesy or silly looking I hear good things.
Also you forgot the sadest of all animal films; Air Bud. That dog went through so much, learning how to play basketball and all.