War Horse | ★★★★★★★★★★
I am not sure that I was quite ready for this movie. It sat on my Netflix queue for a while and I was not really sure that I would like it. Boy was I wrong. The thumbprint of director Steven Spielberg was all over this movie. My wife and I both felt like the two and half hours of screen time went by so fast. The story, the scenery, the ensemble cast and that magnificent horse simply draws one into a bit of history. I loved the way that the movie contrasted the brutality of war with the noble ways that some treated this beautiful animal. There were scenes that broke my heart and others that so elevated my spirit. The movie seemed to use Joey, that wonderful horse, to weave a bit of a World War I tapestry telling of struggling farmers, brave soldiers, brutal leaders, a loving grandfather and the evolution of a boy turned infantryman.
I loved the movie and, on a scale of ten, give it ★★★★★★★★★★.