REVIEW: War Horse (12A) review by Boston Grammar School student Joe Baxter

Steven Spielberg has created some of the greatest films in the history of cinema. Sometimes however, he seems to make his films too sentimental and this can unfortunately lead to the film becoming an unbearable mess.

This is the case with War Horse.

Whilst I have never read the book or seen the play, after seeing the trailer I knew exactly what to expect and unfortunately I was right.

War Horse is an incredibly shot film, there is no denying that.

The battle scenes are expertly captured and much like other Spielberg films, it is clear that a large amount of time and effort was devoted to recreating the horrifying atmosphere of a First World War battlefield.

One of War Horse’s most significant weaknesses however is that its storyline is too predictable for its own good.

Great films such as Rocky are predictable in select sections, but are still considered to be one of the greatest films of all time by many.

War Horse on the other hand, is thoroughly predictable every time a new selection of characters is introduced, which means that the viewer will simply become bored waiting for the next predictable encounter.

So unfortunately, War Horse fails to deliver