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War Horse movie vs book

January 6, 2012

Thank you everyone for coming to The D-Dan Reviews. As promised today I’ll be doing a movie review of War Horse compared to the book. Since I already did the book review, lets talk about the movie (this may take a while).

The story was really, really boring and plain. In the book you could make connections, you could feel sad for a made up boy and horse. You could feel different emotions such as happy, sad, excited, or “I knew it” smug. In the movie there was none of that. Just flat and plain.

Next is that there was waaaaaaay to many changes. One of the main things is that they made Joey seem like a super horse when in the book he was fast,  but he was not super strong. In the book He at least saved people with the abilities he had, in the movie he didn’t save anyone so they basically gave him this power for no reason. Also In the book there was a plowing scene in which they had Joey and his mother figure, Bessie the horse, plowing a farm because of a bet. Well in the movie they CHANGED that and Joey plowed the whole field by himself. What really irritated me was that they added characters and scene’s that had nothing to do with anything and took out scene’s and characters that were important. They couldn’t even get how much the horse cost in the beginning  right! As you can tell I didn’t like the changes. The reason is that there was no real reason to change anything, it was fine the way it was in the book.

As you know from the book review, I loved the flow and the order everything was in, but the movie just had to ruin that! In the movie  everything was dysfunctional. Barely anything was in the same order of things as the book and to make matters worse, the things that were in order were changed so that the scene was completely different from the book.

Lastly They rushed the important scene’s, which took the feelings out the movie, and added unimportant scene’s. Which is why there was no connection.

Honestly, don’t waste your money on the movie. Just get the book and you’ll get your satisfaction. It really felt like they skimmed the book and then had the nerve to say “Nah let’s do it our way!”

Well ding, ding! folks we have our winner. The book wins!!! All in all I’d rate this movie a “Box Of Duds”. Make sure to sign up for Blue Host.com by clicking my affiliate link on the side. You know, in case you want your own website too. Lastly remember to comment, subscribe and follow. Thank you everyone and until next time this is The D-Dan Reviews.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelly4Him permalink
    January 7, 2012 12:52 pm

    Good to know! I was wondering how good the movie would be, because in the previews on tv it did look boring. It’s too bad how some take liberty to change a good story and mess with it! Thanks for the heads up!
    Good luck and God bless!

  2. LaCharla permalink
    January 8, 2012 11:45 pm

    Hi Dan. Thank you for your clear and insightful review. I’ve seen trailers for the movie but didn’t plan to catch this one. Looks like a good decision!

    I share your lack of enthusiasm about books-turned-movies-gone-wrong. Why remove or change the elements that make a story special unless the changes are needed to translate the story effectively from print to film?

    Oh well… I’ll be on the lookout for your next review!

  3. Ashley permalink
    April 25, 2012 10:54 pm

    FINALLY! I was looking around online and everyone seemed to love the movie better. I read the book first and it was so heartfelt, I cried. I just ordered the movie on demand and watched it, and it was exactly how you said. FLAT AND BORING!! It hardly stirred any emotions in me… I read elsewhere, where they were comparing the movie to the book, that what makes the two so different is that the book is narrated by a horse. And they couldn’t do that for the movie because that would make it ‘awkward’. But the movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, there was a horse narrating the whole thing, and that movie worked out extremely well. And I hate to compare a children’s movie to this great war story, but if you think about it… They COULD have made the movie from the horse’s perspective. Also, on other comparison sites, they talked about how they made it better by giving the human characters more personality and story, instead of the horse…. It’ called WAR HORSE, and it’s about the damn horse, not the people. I feel they did the book a great injustice by neglecting Joey’s personality, as well as Topthorn’s. Anyways, thank you for being the only person I can find online that makes any bit of sense about the matter.

    • April 27, 2012 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much! I thought that maybe I was wrong. But you me so happy by agreeing. When my dad and I went to see this movie in theaters, we were amazing disappionted. They even made up stuff! but thank you for the comment and yes the movie was totally boring! Thank You so much!

  4. Diane permalink
    May 6, 2012 7:56 pm

    The Movie “War Horse” had some of the most beautiful cinematography I have ever seen, and some of the best actors out there, both young and old which only made it all the more disappointing to me that they didn’t try to stick more to the original storyline. Your review is spot on, and many of the changes in the movie were actually outright silly. Nice to see you recommending the book!

    • May 7, 2012 6:50 am

      Wasn’t the movie beautiful? I loved that part about the movie but it really did mess up that story line. Thanks for the comment!!!!!

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