War Horse Review
10 February 2012
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Less usage of digit effects
Director Steven Spielberg stated that the only digital effects used in the movie were three shots that lasted three seconds, and it was done to ensure the safety of the horse involved. Spielberg was quoted as saying, “That’s the thing I’m most proud of. Everything you see on screen really happened.”
About the main actor
Lead actor Jeremy Irvine had never ridden a horse prior to being cast in this film, and this was his very first feature film.
This was Steven Spielberg’s first film to be edited digitally. He has famously held onto editing traditionally; his editor, Michael Kahn, has edited nearly all of Spielberg’s films on a Moviola.
The tank created for the movie..
is now an exhibit in a bona fide tank museum in Dorset, England, among real tanks including those from World War I.
The film is based on..
both a children’s novel of the same name set during World War I, by Michael Morpurgo, first published in the United Kingdom in 1982, and the 2007 stage adaptation, also of the same name.
The swords used..
in the cavalry charge against the Germans (Pattern 1908 for troopers and 1912 for officers) were the last swords issued to the cavalry of the British army.
Nominated for Oscar
First horse movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award Oscar in eight years. Seabiscuit (2003) was the last.
As per Janusz Kaminski
Janusz Kaminski has stated that he used John Fords The Searchers (1956) as a template for his exterior filming, paying particular attention to Ford’s panoramic sky, landscape and terrain.
Finder’s two famous roles..
Seabiscuit and Joey, were very similar. Both were remarkable mainly in their bravery and determination to overcome insurmountable odds they never should have been able to, considering what kind of horse they were.
Included among the “1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” edited by Steven Schneider.
As per Tom Hiddleston —“the most amazing” director’s note
Tom Hiddleston recalled director Steven Spielberg giving him “the most amazing” director’s note for his death scene. “Spielberg told Hiddleston, “Give me your war face, and the camera’s going to move across, and as you feel it come up in front of you, I want you to de-age yourself by twenty years. So you’re 29, and when you see those machine guns, you’re 9 years old. I want to see the child in you.” Hiddleston said, “I just thought that was one of the most astonishing acting notes I’d ever been given.”
RT/Meta Critic Review
Spielberg still manages to surprise and impress.(Click here to see)