War Horse (War Horse, #1) by Michael MorpurgoA powerful tale of war, redemption and a heros journey.
In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joeys courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmers son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
War Horse - Movie Review by Chris Stuckmann
War Horse – review
W ar Horse has had an extraordinary career. It started in , with Michael Morpurgo's novel about a boy called Albert and his horse, Joey, who is sent to fight on the bloody battlefields of France in the first world war. The book was short, accomplished and moving, but barely acknowledged until, in , it was turned into a play. Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris's National Theatre production — still stabled at the West End — entranced audiences with its uncanny, life-sized horse puppets. The story became today's Black Beauty, a sentimental education, a must-read classic, a global hit. And that might have been glory enough — except that War Horse was also, always, a film waiting to happen.
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the a horse prior to being cast in this film, and this was his very first feature film.
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The closing shots of Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" will stir emotions in every serious movie lover. The sky is painted with a deeply red-orange sunset. A lone rider is seen far away on the horizon. The rider approaches and dismounts. He embraces a woman and a man. They all embrace the horse's head.