Wednesday, March 5, 2014
War Horse: A Tale of Bravery and Magnificence
Still no word on a completed guest post about superheroes (JESSE! THESE PEOPLE ARE WAITING!) so how's about a review of a movie sans the Broadway show? For this post, it's the (optional) theme song of the full War Horse Soundtrack.
If anyone's ever heard of War Horse, they might think of the Broadway show, with the amazing puppets, and the brilliant actors making it all seem so real. But the movie is just as spectacular! You get all of these great shots where even the scenery gets to be the star of the show, where these 6-star actors (out of five, mind you) make your wildest dreams come true, and you are just taken on the journey, like a spirit witnessing the miracle of a horse surviving World War I, that many people thought was the War to End All Wars. It was utterly brilliant!
Tom"Loki" Hiddleston, who played Captain Nicholls in this film, was witness to how Spielberg directed and constructed shots for the film; it might be a lot of hard work to other directors, but it was like "water out of a tap for him," because it would just flow with ease. If I couldn't make it as a director for my Polar Vortex film, then I probably would've co-directed with Spielberg, because he's just. So. Brilliant!
The acting was incredible, the horses were probably trained extremely^2 well to act properly, in the way that was just not only natural, but also like they are also the stars of the film, having to bear many a rider from many backgrounds on their backs. And what's also great, having ridden horses myself until my teen years, is that they never had one shot in the film be of the horses taking a piss or a shit. I'm serious, it isn't fun to have to wait around for the horse to finish their business for me to continue with dressage riding. BUT(T)! Squirrel moment aside, they were beautiful and they deserve their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and knighthood in the UK. Of course, the knighthood will be up to Her Majesty.
I also have to admit that I did not realize that it was a book FIRST… I would LOVE to see the Broadway show for sure, but now I have to find the book and read it! Because Mama always told me to read the book first! However, I don't think Spielberg could do the book any more justice than he already did! He did excellent with the firing squad scene, with the shot construction and execution, Tom Hiddleston did excellent as Captain Nichols, Benedict Cumberbatch was wonderful as Major Jamie Stewart, and it was just the right amount of jaw dropping beauty mixed together with emotions and storytelling and character AND DELICIOUS CHEEKBONES!!!!! Even I would nominate this movie for every Oscar category, including made-up categories I'm still trying to come up with for @midnight's Hashtag Wars!
20 PLUNGERS OUT OF TEN!!!! AND I COMMANDETH YOU ALL: