This Christmas moviegoers will have a treat from director Steven Spielberg in the movie version of War Horse. As a movie buff and Horse aficionado, this should be a "home run" movie for me. The subject matter comes from the 1982 book by Michael Morpurgo and the Tony Award winning play, both of the same name.
From Huffington Post, here is a synopsis:
Oh Lord...I can hear it now..."Is the horse gonna die? I won't watch it if he dies."
I haven't read the book yet, but definitely will see the movie or play when it is available. I owe it to the horses that have died in all human wars to watch and know what they have done for us willingly, or by force. I despise the concept of war. I won't go into my personal beliefs here, but I do want to see this story come to life on the screen.
Movies are a recent art form. If artfully done they reflect, often times more powerfully than books, the reality of life and the human condition.
Reading more about the author Michael Morpurgo, I found it interesting how the book came about. First of all, it is a children's novel. From the New York Times book review page written by Sarah Lyall and published April, 11, 2011, she writes: