by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Film/TV.

The sweeping John Williams score, the huge WWI set pieces, a boy, his horse, love and death. Yup – Steven Spielberg is going straight for the cockles of your heart with this one. From the synopsis:

“War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

It’s estimated that over 10 million horses lost their lives on both sides during WWI. From Wikipedia:

Of the million horses that were sent abroad from the UK, only 62,000 returned, the rest dying in the war or slaughtered in France for meat. The Great War had a massive and indelible impact on the male population of the UK: 886,000 men died, one in eight of those who went to war, and 2% of the entire country’s population.

Check out the trailer below.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Rat King

    This is a great idea – and as I know Spielberg – there shall be no horse abuse in the film!

  • Jeannie Jacobs Parisi

    I am so excited about this movie, to see what horses have done for mankind, so many thing’s and still today. I hope that Mr. Spielberg reads this because we could sure use his help with Saving Americas Wild Horses and Buroo’s and also to put an end to the tranpsort of OUR American horses to Mexico and Canada. The are barbarically slaughtered. If you do see this, please look for Respect4Horses Organization on facebook.
    Respectfully yours,

  • imforthewhales

    Black Beauty meets ET and together they save Private Ryan.