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    too bad Spielberg (who's apparently completely lost touch with whatever it was that once made him a reasonably-decent director) was the one who got his hands on this story...

    took a great premise (wayward father buys troublesome horse on a drunken whim; son lovingly trains troublesome horse; boy and horse save the family farm despite naysayers; horse gets taken away for the war effort; horrors of war are shown from horse's point of view; meanwhile boy enlists in the hope of finding horse; horse and boy are ultimately reunited...)

    and turned it into a boring, overlong, steaming pile of horse schlock...

    major points taken away for the run time (2:26)...

    in the hands of a more able director, this story shouldn't have taken more'n, say, 1:45 to tell, and told in a way that left me feeling satisfied, unlike this doughy unevenly-cooked mess...


    bottom line... this movie made me pissed me off that I wasted $9.50 of my money and 2-1/2 hours of my life watching it...

    best I can give it is a C- ...
     
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    So we shouldn't be expecting a sequel?
     
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    Saw Tin-Tin. Wasn't expecting much..and I wasn't disappointed.

    :lol:
     
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    We're seeing T-T this afternoon.
    In 3-D!
    I'm skipping lunch so I can cram more popcorn down my gullet.
     
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    well... it is Spielberg, after all... so you never know...
     
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    Clear your mind. Remove expectations. Suspend belief. You should dig. :lol:
     
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    I saw War Horse at Lincoln Center and saw the Spielberg movie the other day. The play was better in terms of character development and moving the story along.

    The father was a huge prick in the play and there was a major storyline of Albert making his peace with him
    The German soldier was split into three characters by Spielberg and was much more sympathetic in the play
    The little French girl did not make sense in either the play or the movie but the girl was much younger in the play

    Also, the horse puppets were awesome
     
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    the insertion of the little French girl and her grandfather in the movie reminded me of the insertion of the shutter falling off the window in "Color Purple"...

    Spielberg is a heavy-handed overrated hack...
     
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    The French girl was maybe nine in the play and played a small role in reuniting Albert and Joey. But the character really didn't add much to either the play or movie. The grandfather made less sense. That whole storyline could have been dropped from the movie. The auction scene at the end made no sense and was not in the play
     
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    shame i was hoping it would be good
     

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