This movie stars Jeremy Irvine as Albert Narracott and featuring Tom Hiddleston, known for Loki in Thor, and David Thewlis who was known as Proffesor Lupin in the Harry Potter series.
At first glance, War Horse appears to be nothing but another sappy horse movie; but Spielberg uses the worldwide hardships of one of the most brutal wars in human history, as well as compelling friendships, to make this movie make a much more lasting impression. Another big factor in why this film stands out from the rest is how the horse, Joe, is almost more of a main character then Albert. The audience follows the horse's perspective rather than the boy's. We watch as the horse is sold to the English calvary before the war begins and where fate takes it up until the very end of the war. Spielberg has the viewers develop feelings for each and every of Joe's owners and they each hold an important role in the progression of the plot.
*Spoiler Alert* One scene in particular left a powerful impact on viewers, as Joe is immobilized and near death in the middle of "No Man's Land." (No Man's Land is the territory between both armies trenches and was an area of certain death due to barbed wire, machine gun fire, and artillery.) Both the English and the German soldiers spot the trapped horse and ultimately two men that are sworn enemies come together to free the helpless animal.
This brings in another point: War Horse is trying to bring to attention the horrible events that took place during WWI; showing not only a transition to a new era, but also a weak point in human history. It accomplishes this without the use of too much blood or gore, and keeps the film at a friendly PG-13.
One flaw in the film, though, was that the ending seemed to drag on 20 minutes too long. By the time the movie ended, the viewer was no longer feeling the effect of the many resolutions, and was merely waiting for when they could leave.
Opening weekend, War Horse grossed $7.5 million and is nominated for two golden globes: Best Picture as well as Best Musical Score.
War Horse beat the stereotype of horse movies and also introduced a new plot structure that left critics stunned.