W: Lee Hall & Richard Curtis [based on the play by
Nick Stafford; novel by Michael Morpurgo]
DP: Janusz Kaminski
Ed: Michael Kahn
Mus: John Williams
PD: Rick Carter
Jeremy Irvine (Albert Narracott), Emily Watson (Rose
Narracott), Tom Hiddlestone (Capt. James Nicholls) Benedict Cumberbatch (Maj. Jamie Stewart), David Thewlis (Lyons), Peter Mullan (Ted Narracott)
A young man follows his beloved stallion into the
battlegrounds and trenches of the First World War, where it becomes an inspiration to Allied soldiers.
The meticulous amount of craft involved in adapting
this stage play to the bud screen makes it a wonder to behold, but vast parts of this 146-minute drama are far too meandering. Technically excellent, but perhaps one has to see the stage
play to enjoy the film more.