Big Boss took me to see “War Horse” last Saturday night. Yep, you heard right. I got him off this farm for nearly four hours. Of course, we rushed over and rushed back because he had sausage in the smoker that had to be checked. But we got there in time for the trailers/previews and I still haven’t seen the trailer for “The Hobbit”. I was all set and ready when I took the boys to see “Tin Tin”….no luck. Anyway, after getting over that disappointment, I thought surely I’d see it this time around at the movies. Nope. But then, we are a little slow getting stuff like that. Why just the other day….nevermind.
My take on “War Horse”: go see it. No huge language objections other than the British use of “bloody” and “bum”, which I didn’t find objectionable and a couple of others… “hedoubleLL” and “bastard”. No sex. At all. “War Horse” touts a stellar cast with excellent acting. Spielberg did his usual outstanding job weaving a tale! Yeah, it was predictable and there were parts where I had to close my eyes…it wasn’t gory or graphically violent, just extremely intense. Very. It was a tear-jerker but amazingly enough, I didn’t need a hankie even once. Close, but not quite. I spotted some fav British actors…Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson and an actor I have never seen before but I really liked him, his character and his acting..Niels Arestrup, who is French I believe. And the young actress, Celine Buckens was enchanting! The lead actor is a young man named Jeremy Irvine and I think we’ll be seeing more of him. He reminds me of someone but can’t decide who…
Anyway, the scenery is beautiful then ugly then beautiful again. Spielberg, it is said, was espousing his anti-war sentiments and that was fairly obvious. But he does it quietly and meticulously, as only he can.
A friend told me a while back that she had seen “War Horse” on stage when she was in London a while back. I had no idea it was a play also. A book, yes. A movie, right. A play??? How the heck did they pull that off, I wondered. Well, they did and evidently, very well, because the play won some Tony awards.
“Downton Abbey” is set in the same time period as “War Horse” and gives us a glimpse of the upper class reactions to WWI. I need to brush up on my WWI history. Badly. And by the way, if you haven’t tuned in to PBS on Sunday nights for Downton, you should. It probably could be classified as a WWI British soap opera but it’s done so nicely. And it has Maggie Smith. Nuff said. The woman rules!!!