I think this might have been the first movie that I caught in the ‘Director’s Suites’ at the local theater. http://www.warrentheatres.com/mooredsuites.asp
Crazy expensive, but seemed like the perfect movie to splurge on seeing there. I had a bad seat too if I recall; this might have been the one that I got slammed up too close to the screen to really get the full value of the luxury screening room. Learned my lesson on it though; you can reserve your seat and it is advised to do so to get the full value.
I was far more emotionally drawn into the story seeing it that first time than what I thought I might be. Unexpectedly so frankly; despite being a dog lover and generally being an animal lover – I was skeptical about feeling a kinship to what I perceived as a movie about a horse and a person who loved his horse.
I spotted it on Redbox while cruising for Blu-ray discs over the weekend and thought I would check it out again and see how that film transferred over to Blu-ray. I would have to disagree that the costumes lent to a drab tone – I found them to play along with those uber rich green English countryside vistas. I specifically noted that they appeared in more rich tones of green and beige wool I’m guessing maybe. IDK, but they seemed to carry a theme to me anyway. Rich earthy tones possibly?
I’m a bit tuned into the Devon region having been a huge fan of Joss Stone early on and now Rosie Huntington Whiteley. I’m not expertly familiar with the region, but having never travelled to Europe – it is one area that I know at least a little about. I’m not even sure this was filmed in Devon, but it added to the charm for me. I can’t imagine that they didn’t actually film some of those countryside scenes anywhere else. Beautiful!
I’m as much of an animal lover as the next person as mentioned, but since it was made a topic – my opinion was that the ‘animal cruelty’ was just part of the story of war. There wasn’t any sparing of cruelty to the humans subjected to the conditions of war. Why would there be any sugarcoating of the treatment of the animals? It was part of the story that the horse survived the same terror of wartime that the soldiers survived. Even the doctor at the end referenced the horse as deserving to be treated as the soldier that he had been.
Speaking of the war depiction; I have to agree that the sound effects of the wartime scenes were pretty impressive! It sort of sneaks up on you while you’re watching this movie and it’s got all the normal surround sounds, etc. and then all of the sudden – you’re in the battle and the explosions start going off. It’s like you’re not already jaded or acclimated to a lfe loaded movie and when they do hit; it has more of an impact. It really added to the overall experience of the movie in a way that was complimentary to the story.
It was more than worth renting to see it again. I’m not sure I’m in love with it enough to purchase it, but if I were looking for something that showed off what I might consider a reference level visually of earthy tones – I don’t know that I’ve seen a disc yet that has represented those like this did for me. The sound was pretty impressive too as noted.