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War Horse Movie Review + Exclusive War Horse Movie Clip

I’ll be honest with you. When I saw the trailers for War Horse, I wasn’t interested. It looked to be one of those sweeping epic films, and those very rarely interest me.

But now that I’ve seen it, I feel like the trailers are deceiving, and quite frankly, undersell the movie, because it was excellent.

Yes, it does play as an epic in some respects, partly because of the sweeping European countryside settings and partly because of the intentionally old-fashioned adaptation of the movie by director, Steven Spielberg, but it works beautifully, and I loved every bit of it.


The story centers around Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) and his beloved horse, Joey. When Albert’s father sells the horse to a WWI soldier, Albert promises Joey that he will find him and they’ll be together again.

As the film moves along, we see Joey going from owner to owner, touching lives along the way, and we experience much of it through the horse’s quiet perspective.

Albert eventually enlists in the military with the hope of finding Joey. (I know that in theory his enlistment sounds super cheesy, but just go with it, cuz there’s an awesome scene …. well, you’ll see.)


Set in WWI, there’s no escaping the horror and brutality of the war itself, although I thought the violence was less visual and more understood, so I personally found the gore factor to be at a minimum. The film sends a subtle but definitive anti-war message throughout, and is brilliantly displayed in the No Man’s Land sequence, a scene you’ll not soon forget.

Although much of the film is appropriate for all ages, I would not take younger children to see it because the scenes involving war may be too much for them. It’s rated PG-13 for a reason, but older children and adults will find it a wonderfully poignant and heartwarming story. I loved it!


Here’s an exclusive War Horse movie clip !

War Horse opens in theaters Christmas Day!

About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.


  1. I’d agree with you, too, that initially it didn’t seem like a movie I would be interested in but then I saw a trailer of it and also saw an interview with one of the main characters and I was sold! Also, the fact that it’s a Spielberg film…well, that says a lot.

  2. it’s almost here, sounds good, think my grandkids will like it

  3. Would love to see this! Great clip!!

  4. I can’t wait to see this movie!

    Merry Christmas BV. I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday. xo jj

  5. Grumpy Grateful Mom says:

    Looking forward to seeing it in the future, due to your reviews!

  6. Well I’m feeling like you felt, so now it makes me want to watch it.
    I hope I get to!

  7. Looks like such a great movie!

  8. I’m going to wait until it’s out on DVD. It’s hard to go to the movies without the kids.

  9. We saw this last night – I liked it – I think my husband fell asleep – he doesn’t really like these kink of movies. I jnow my daughter’s are going to love it