Thursday, 2 February 2012
We went to see the film War Horse last night. A friend asked me whether, as a horse lover, I would be able to cope, and I said I thought I would. I love horses, but care more about people.
But oh dear! We - yes, both of us - thought it was absolutely awful. Sentimental, poor acting, athropomorphism gone mad...I could go on and on. I loved the stage play, largely because the "puppets" (such a demeaning word for such magnificent creations) were so amazing; in fact I thought that they were more convincing than the real horses in the film. Of course, the real horses were excellent, but they never for a minute looked as though they were in any kind of distress (I think anyone who has seen a panicking horse might agree). The idyllic countryside (with its neat rows of turnips, and this after the farmer had scattered the seed in great handfuls completely randomly) looked like the backdrop for Jack and the Beanstalk.
Of course, the sets for the trenches, the sound effects, the mud were all fine, but then no doubt a huge budget was allowed for them. But in the end, I was quite bored. I don't expect anyone to agree - so many people seem to have cried their way through what we thought was extravagant tosh - but it would be lovely to hear if anyone else felt the same way as we did!