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.