Yes, it is unrealistic.
Yes, it is about a horse.
Yes, it is mushy, sentimental and manipulative.
The beginning focuses on the horse’s training. The middle focuses on the experiences that prepare the horse for war. The end plays our heart-strings like a fine tuned instrument.
Yes, she sobbed.
Yes, I cried.
Yes, we loved it. We both did.
Worst Scene: Horses getting hurt (even if these are mechanical replications).
Best scene: Two soldiers from opposite sides of the war work together to rescue the horse who is tangled in barbed wire.
Second best scene: Horse running through a battlefield with explosives and bullets flying.
Best lines (paraphrased): “There are days worth forgetting, this is not one of them.” “I may hate you a little more, but I will never love you less.”
Best Actor: The Horse. Oscar worthy scene: When he rescues his friend (the other Horse) from having to pull the Tank.
Greatest Regret after having seen the film: That we never saw the live stage version of the show at Lincoln Center in New York. On stage the horses are played by life-sized puppets operated by multiple puppeteers. This story, in an intimate setting, on a simple stage, would manipulate and pull at heart-strings even more. I imagined Yvonne and I being escorted out of Lincoln Center because we would be disturbing the other patrons with our emotional outbursts.