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More thoughts on “War Horse”

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Movie poster for "War Horse" courtesy DreamWorks Pictures

Both on the stage and in the movie versions of “War Horse,” Major Stewart charges his cavalry unit into battle for the first time with the battle cry of “Be Brave!”

It’s almost as if he’s talking to us, too, out in the audience.

Here, there be monsters.

Warning:  spoilers and tough stuff ahead

Brace Yourself for “War Horse” with Some Behind-the-Scenes Tidbits

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The video below is from the Wall Street Journal website, via Susie Blackmon’s tip:

If you can’t see the above video from the Wall Street Journal website, please click on this link.

Ever since I saw an advance screening of “War Horse,” I’ve fielded a variety of questions about the movie’s emotional intensity.

Can I take my children? has been one question. Another has been, There aren’t any dead horses in it, are there?”

The vibe out there is, I want to see it, but I don’t want to get too upset.

People are worried. They’ve got enough upsetting them in real life, maybe too much to let a sad movie send them over the edge.

Yet, this is an emotional movie about animals – horses – used in war.

So, let’s get some information. Let’s take some glimpses behind the curtain of movie magic. Knowledge is power. Maybe a little knowledge can give us the power to keep us from losing it in public?

If you’re a purist and you don’t want to know any “spoilers, you’ve probably seen too much already. Still, I hope what little you’ve seen already has piqued your curiosity about the movie.

Still, I don’t think you’ll lose the magic by reading this. You might come away with a new appreciation of the achievement on the screen.

So, consider this another Sad Movie Survival Tip:  learn how movies are made. Especially movies with real horses.

My non-review of the “War Horse” movie

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Disclaimer time: Turns out, I do happen to have a connection to the production, although it’s about 800 “degrees of separation” away. My husband works for ESPN, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, which also owns Touchstone Studios, which contributed to the production (or was it distribution?) of “War Horse.”

Anyway, all you regular readers know I’d be all over this movie like chocolate-coated popcorn, no matter what.

If you can’t see the embedded video, click on this link.

Late last week, I had the delightful good fortune to attend a special advance screening of “War Horse,” thanks to my above-mentioned connection. ESPN offered employees and family free tickets to a special advance screening.

FWIW, I have to pay attention to some ground rules.

Afraid you’ll cry at “War Horse?” Sad movie survival tips

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If you can’t see the embedded video, click here to see another trailer for the film version of “War Horse.”

As I write this, after a year-long wait, the commercials for the soon-to-be-released film version of “War Horse” have shown up on TV. Glowing reviews from advance screenings of the film have peppered social media.

Joey won’t win the Kentucky Derby, but he might win an Oscar or two. People who’ve seen the movie seem to love it. Oscar buzz about “War Horse” has been humming for a couple of months.

After all, the Broadway production of “War Horse” won a Tony Award for Best Play. This live-action film with Stephen Spielberg at the helm has a good shot at more accolades.

Among all the glowing comments from the lucky ones who’ve seen the movie already are quiet little voices wondering, “Is it safe to see? Will I cry?”

First, you won’t be the only one crying in the theater. Count on it.

Second, maybe you need a good cry? I’m pretty sure I do. I’m pretty sure we all do. Some experts see sad movies as cathartic and therapeutic.

Please don’t run away and swear you won’t see the movie. I think it’s important to see, especially for those of us who love horses. But I believe tears aren’t bad, so I want to offer you some “Sad Movie Survival Tips.”