Watched Feb 26, 2012
Sascha Brittner’s review:
I really want to give this film 5 stars but I can't because of the following two reasons:
1. Everyone speaks English. Why would you cast native speakers and let them speak English? Tarantino has done it. You can do it too, Steven. When the two soldiers come together to save Joey, it would've been so much more powerful if they didn't communicate verbally but just by the fact that they're human beings born in different countries but still can overcome their differences and language barriers to help an innocent creature.
2. This film is so god-awful clean. I couldn't believe I was watching a war movie by the same man that has directed Saving Private Ryan. When soldiers die, they fall down in the mud. No blood, no bullet entry points, nothing. Of course, Spielberg is a master and his image of horses galloping without their riders across the German MGs is much more powerful than just seeing them die. However, when the English rush through No Man's Land, show the horror - or you don't do these men and their sacrifices justice.
I understand that it's a difficult job. Hell! Making a movie about a horse's journey is one hell of difficult job. That and rating/budget-problems are a risk, but in the end, it would have been worth it.
Other than that, perfect Spielberg porn. Williams should win the Oscar.