The War Horse

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2011
DVD Release: April 3, 2012
The War Horse


From director Steven Spielberg comes “War Horse,” an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war—a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history

Dove Review

This movie soars in an epic way! It’s simplistic story-telling and awesome visuals light up the screen in a way which is magical! The viewer will experience just about every emotion while watching this winner made by, not surprisingly, an expert in the field of direction named Steven Spielberg. That it is family friendly makes the experience one that can be shared and shared it should be.

The movie contains a nice mix of what makes going to the movies fun: solid acting, a sweeping score, breathtaking cinematography, tight direction and humor to boot. And then there is the story. It’s the story of a boy who bonds with a horse and loses him for a time due to the nightmare of the First World War. Young Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) eventually enlists in the war and hopes to find his faithful companion. All that the horse endures and the trials and tests of those who care for him make for a dramatic story. In one touching scene both a British and German solider work together for a moment to free a horse from an entanglement. We highly recommend this old-fashioned epic as it has the power to touch a modern audience. This one gets five Doves from us for sure.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: "Go to H"-1 (Said in a "No, way" emphatic manner from a man who cares for the horse and is commanded to leave it so it is not in the form of a curse; H-3; B-2; D-1; "Good Lord"-1; "Stupid Git"(British slang for idiot)-1; "Bum-butt"-1; "Bugger me"-1
Violence: Man is knocked down by horse; a duck chases a man; a man knocks his son out of his way; a woman threatens a man by holding crocheting needles to his eyes; young man uses whip on horse to make him plow; slicing noises of swords in battle; fires are started; men are shot at; it's stated that injured horses will be shot; dead horses are very briefly seen; a horse gets caught in barbed wire and some bleeding is seen; a wound is seen on horse's leg; two young men are executed for desertion but the camera moves away and we do not see them hit but do see them briefly and from a distance on the ground.
Drugs: Some drinking scenes including a man drinking from a flask; a comment about a man needing to drink less beer; a "rum cake" comment; drinking of wine or brandy; smoking of cigarettes; the smoking of a cigar; a man gives a girl medicine.
Nudity: None
Other: A discouraged man says God has forsaken his family but things change later on.


Company: Touchstone Pictures
Writer: Lee Hall & Richard Curtis
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 146 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter