Thursday, 22 December 2011

[526] War Horse (2011) Review

Here it is, my final review of the year - for one of the sure-fire hits of 2012. It's the new Steven Spielberg flick, War Horse!

Click through, have a read, and find out why one of the faithful Den of Geek readers felt compelled to leave the following comment:

Spielberg "out of his depth"? How many great movies have you made knobhead?

Crikey. Read on, fellow travellers! Oh, and can you spot the handful of Wilfred Owen references in the review? See, my English Literature degree was worth something...

While his films don’t come out with the clockwork reliability of those directed by Woody Allen or Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg works to his own halting, arrhythmic beat. Years of silence often give way to flutters of wild activity, with the Hollywood superstar sometimes stuffing more than one of his new flicks into the cinema calendar.

This has been done to calculated effect on more than one occasion, where blockbusters have shared space with bids for dramatic respectability. Most successfully, in 1993 Spielberg ruled both the box office and the Academy with the one-two punch of Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List. The twinning of popcorn adventure and super-serious historical drama continued with both The Lost World and Amistad, and War Of The Worlds and Munich, in 1997 and 2005 respectively.

Superficially, 2011 seems like a similar case, with mo-cap adventure Tintin appearing just before War Horse, a lavish World War I drama which draws on the sentiment of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and a little bit of Blackadder Goes Forth. It seems to be another double bill of fun and fable – that is, until you realise that the latter film is a retelling of the Great War from the perspective of a horse. 

Read the full article here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Spielberg "out of his depth"? How many great movies have you made knobhead?