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post #11 of 59 Old 12-28-2011, 04:30 PM
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Seabiscuit was a copy of Phar lap
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Agree 100%! I was so disappointed
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Seabiscuit was a copy of Phar lap

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I just saw War Horse last night, and I actually quite enjoyed it. Realistic? Not by far. Entertaining and touching? I thought so!
I actually liked the fact that they did not overly humanise the horse, you never got the sense that he was pining for his master, nor did he exhibit human emotion. In fact, I found the movie focused much more on the hopes and fears of the people who were involved with the horse, and the havoc that war creates.
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Seabiscuit was a copy of Phar lap
? Both Phar Lap and Seabiscuit were real horses, and the movies about them both portrayed their individual racing careers.
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I saw the movie last night with some horse friends and my wife (who is not a horse person), too. I'm afraid that all of us were disappointed. Maybe we were expecting more based on the hype, but it just didn't live up to expectations for us.

My personal recommendation for those sho have yet to see the movie, wait for it to come out on DVD. I think I would have enjoyed it more that way.

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I absolutely loved the movie for the entire theatrical experience. It kept me going through the whole movie and I didn't realize how long it was until the movie was over and I looked at the time. I didn't read the book either, so I had no prior bias or expectation going into the movie. I agree that I really enjoyed that they didn't really personify the horse. The saddest part for me was at the end when the old man had lost everything and showed more of his "bravery" in not taking the horse. I really enjoyed seeing how the horse touched all those people's lives and made an impact everywhere he went. The most personified he seemed was when it came to the big, black horse that he was with. That was also a very touching aspect of the story. As far as a drama goes, it did its job well. It was emotionally inspiring to watch all the way through.

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Well saw it yesterday with my husband (not a horse guy) and we both enjoyed it. I agree with what Seamon and skipsfirstspike said.

If I wanted a movie about how long it takes to train a horse, I wouldn't have gone to it. ;)

The only part that bothered me was the barbed wire scene and the lack of wounds. Being a vet tech I have seen a lot, anD even if that didn't kill him he needed a lot more wounds , but I am not the director, so no big deal.
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I also saw the movie last night and really enjoyed it. If they took the time to show how long it took to train Joey I wouldn't have gone to see it, or gotten up and left... and that's coming from a horse person who enjoys watching training. Could you imagine the other people in the theater? They would be checked out... no clue why it's taking sooooo long for this boy to get on the horse.

Are there going to be flaws? Yup, it's hollywood. Pretty sure I saw a little QH in the movie as Joey at some point. Does everybody notice this? Nope. Does it make a difference? Nope.

I loved how everybody who came into contact with Joey saw what a great horse he was and were able to find some comfort/joy in him during the war.
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I don't expect realism from Spielberg. I expect a heartwarming story, and focusing on kids and animals (or cute aliens). That's pretty much been his MO his whole film career.

I wouldn't spend money to see War Horse at the movies, but I do have it on my NetFlix queue when it's released on DVD. I expect to like it, even while cringing at the unrealistic aspects.

As far as Seabiscuit or Secretariat being a 'rip off' on Phar Lap, I don't know how anyone could make that even into a tenuous connection. All 3 were real horses, and their stories weren't similar except that they were all TBs, and all race horses.
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