Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis. 146 min. Rated PG-13. Drama/War.
A thoroughbred horse is trained by a youngster, but then falls into different hands on both sides of World War I. Simple story with a somewhat contrived ending (with Spielberg almost going back into Saving Private Ryan territory to show the brutality and idiocy of war), but most prominently, this is a movie from a director who refuses to come down from his highest rank among filmmakers. Every panorama, every angle, every camera movement exudes with cinematic beauty and perfection in direction. Even if it had no storyline, War Horse would still be just a pleasant movie to "see".