Spielberg has built his reputation as a filmmaker on numerous narratives of childhood wonder and fantasy. As a director, he has also been most critically recognised for his historical war epics/dramas. Therefore, a Hollywood big screen adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's best-selling children's book 'War Horse' helmed by the most commercially successful filmmaker of our time was plain inevitable. Spielberg fashions a characteristically watchable fantasy which embues the titular 'War Horse' with almost magical powers of attraction and survival. The horse is very much the glue of the story - please excuse the dark pun - as through 'Joey's' adventures we learn of the horrors of WW1 and the human sacrifice it cost.
The Count's Verdict: WAR HORSE may be overlong, overly sentimental and never anything other than minor Spielberg but there is no denying his ability to craft an entertaining cinematic tale. Worth seeing at any age.