With its recent DVD and Blu-ray release, film critic Mark Kermode thinks it’s a good moment to look again at Steven Spielberg’s epic drama WAR HORSE – and I agree.

Even when you’re Steven Spielberg making a film version of Michael Murpurgo’s hugely successful novel WAR HORSE you’re not immune to criticism. No matter your cast is made up of a veritable who’s who of talented British actors – Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis and Eddie Marsan – with another young discovery, Jeremy Irvine, as the film’s lead. Sometimes people like the film you create and sometimes they don’t.

Jeremy Irvine as Albert with Joey in War Horse

Jeremy Irvine as Albert with Joey

I did feel that the criticism levelled at the film seemed unfair when it was released earlier this year, as I thought it was pretty great. Here it’s discussed rather brilliantly by The Observer’s Mark Kermode in his review about how it really works as a film adaptation:

A sweeping tear-jerking epic