WHEN defining a great movie, one wonders what seals the deal. A great script, good acting, something engaging, heartfelt and true-to-life, excitement ... the list could go on. Surprise, surprise, this movie has all that and more.
When Andrew (Dane Dehaan) picks up filming and starts documenting his life with his prehistoric video camera, we are engaged in his miserable life involving an alcoholic father (Michael Kelly), a mother who is on her sickbed and painful teenage angst. That’s just the beginning of director Josh Trank’s ingenuity in using camera angles.
Andrew’s only source of healthy human interaction is with his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) who gives him a lift to school every day and then later manages to convince him to go for a high school rave party at an abandoned warehouse. From the party, the duo and one more boy arrive at an underground cave in the woods.
Soon, the three start showing the power of telekinesis. At first, they use their new-found “power” for fun and mischief, as boys will be boys, but they realise that their ability is like a muscle that gets stronger with use.
Unlike Cloverfield or Paranormal Activity, Chronicle has the ability to showcase more camera angles and Trank does not disappoint. His attention to detail is seen in Andrew’s old and new camera/self, CCTV recordings and even vlogger Casey’s (Ashley Hinshaw) footage.
Starting off as an intelligent drama, the movie showcases seamless pacing which leads up to an explosive superhero-like ending; all the while featuring realistic characters. At times, I forgot I was at the movies. – Karyn Anne ( HHHHH)
YES, this is a story about a horse – but what a remarkable story and an even more remarkable horse.
The movie, based on a best-selling novel and a long-running London and New York stage production, plays out wonderfully with a very competent director helming it.
Steven Spielberg paints each scene with a set of beautiful colours, framing the scenes like a perfect picture. He also gets more than a little help from John Williams’ score and a really capable group of actors (Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hiddleston, David Kross, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan and the animals).
The film starts just before World War I, when young Albert Narracott first meets the heroic horse. With the arrival of war in Europe, the horse ends up right in the middle of it. As you are watching the horrors of war – and Spielberg shows both the kindness and the atrocity of men during these trying times – you wonder why human beings must drag innocent creatures into a mess they made and let them bear the brunt of what’s happening? Sigh.
But far from it being a tragedy, War Horse leaves you feeling good, amazed and touched all at the same time. Sure the story is far removed from reality, but you are caught up