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angelghost 03-03-2013 06:06 PM

Have you seen and/or read War Horse?
I was just wondering on everyones thoughts on the book of 'war horse' I read the book before I see the film and loved them both. I must say though I did enjoy the book a bit more, I think mainly because it was more detailed than the film. They both really captured my heart though, And yes you guessed it, Both had me in tears. I would recomend it to horse lovers, Sad bits but shows how much a bond can mean to both horse and human.

So I was wondering, What was others thoughts?


Horse racer 03-03-2013 06:26 PM

This is one of my favorite movies, but I found the horse behavior to be phony and stuff like that. I like the book better, but I still really like the movie too. That kinda relationship with the horse is what every horseman dreams about :D.

.Delete. 03-03-2013 06:33 PM

I hated the movie! Its the horse trainer in me, but i pointed out every single flaw. Completely giving non-horsey people the wrong idea about training and how to go about handling a horse. To me, this was another "black beauty" movie.

angelghost 03-03-2013 06:37 PM


Originally Posted by Horse racer (Post 1920941)
This is one of my favorite movies, but I found the horse behavior to be phony and stuff like that. I like the book better, but I still really like the movie too. That kinda relationship with the horse is what every horseman dreams about :D.

Yeh I thought the same at times. I did love the film and although I was not expecting the film to be as detailed as the book (I find it rare that they are) I was still dissapointed it wasnt a little more detailed and more like the book and part of the story line hadnt been changed (eg. He was in the vet. regiment rather than frontline, Like in the film) but still such a good one.

While on the subject Michael Morpurgo the author, Ive actually stayed on his farm in Devon twice (when was 11 and 12 as part of school trip away) Hes amazing guy and love his books. Hes horse and donkeys were lovely too....Not so much the other jobs we had to do around the farm though :-| like the cows and pigs and sheep lol

Thunderspark 03-03-2013 11:05 PM

I enjoyed the movie but also saw things that realistic about horses but it had a great story.
I just finished reading The Eighty Dollar Champion, true story also and I love the book, hope a movie gets made of it......

LoveMyDrummerBoy 03-03-2013 11:10 PM

Hated the movie. I went with my show team and trainer, and as we got through it, basically ended up making fun of it. There are some really terrible problems. I was especially irritated by the barbed wire part. I've seen a horse need to be put down after getting tangled in a lot less, that amount would be devastating.

I've haven't actually read the book. I haven't had time because of the IB program, but maybe this summer!

trailhorserider 03-03-2013 11:53 PM

Actually, the barbed wire scene was one of the scenes l liked because it DID look serious.

I hated the whole plowing the field scene. It was pretty stupid.

But you know, I didn't have high expectations and it was a better movie than I expected.

I grew up with movies like The Black Stallion and Phar Lap. I loved those movies. I haven't seen a horse movie in recent years that I think is as good as those older ones. They all seem so corny and unrealistic by comparison. I really WANT to like them. And I am happy that there are horse movies being made. But they just don't seem as realistic. Maybe my expectations are too high.

I also felt the same way about The Black Stallion Returns. But it's a star compared to many of the newer movies. I just don't know why a horse movie can't be realistic and believable and not corny. I don't know if it's out or ignorance (surely not?) or they think they need to make the scenes unbelievable for people to like them? I really don't understand. Like the plowing scene for instance. Why did that have to be so unrealistic?

Horse racer 03-03-2013 11:55 PM

I do want to try and teach my neighbor's horse to come when you do that whistle thing with your hands like in the movie, that would be cool! The most phony part I thought was when they hooked Joey to the artillery gun and he runs to save the black horse from getting hooked on and then looks back to make sure he's ok, it's touching and cool, but unrealistic. Same with the part where Joey sticks his head through collar harness (I think that's what it's called) to show the black horse how to do it and not to be afraid. Still love the movie though.

angelghost 03-09-2013 05:15 PM

Yeh I def agree about bit being unrelistic. Its kind of like they want the 'world of horses' to look all great and hero like and all bad ends in good, Which although would be nice like that, Its not reality and sometimes my concern is people getting the wrong ideas about horses and owning horses if you get me. Like its a easy ride and that all the 'bad' ends up good. I hope Im making sence and your getting at what Im trying to put across. :)

IRaceBarrels 03-10-2013 05:34 AM

I just saw the play and I've seen the movie. I LOVED the play. The puppets they used were at least 16hh and so life like. It was dramatic. Had highly skilled actors. And really felt like you were there. They got the mannerisms of the horses down so well. The playreally illustrated thebond equestrians have to our horses.
That being said I didn't like the movie. When you're on stage there can be an overly dramatic feel hat should not be repeated in movie form. I mostly didn't like Joey's owner. I thought he was mentally low. You can't teach a horse to plow by telling it. In the play they used his alcoholic dad to advance the plot instead of the boy just doing dumb stuff and getting scolded.
I feel like the movie could have been good but they didn't change it enough from the play. I've never read the book .
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