DVD: War Horse


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The Independent Culture

Steven Spielberg's sentimental film of Michael Morpurgo's novel wasn't anywhere near as acclaimed as the National Theatre stage production, and it's easy to see why.

The episodic saga of a Devon farm horse which is passed from owner to owner during the First World War, it never persuades us to care about any of the many characters, two-legged or four-legged. Still, it's effective as a child's introduction to the horrors of war.