Last night we kicked back to watch a film - I got to choose and did so with the now infamous words "Steven Spielberg doesn't make a bad film does he" lets watch War Horse.
Oh my, what a pile of crap! I like a Spielberg movie and thought (wrongly) that he rarely makes a bad movie. I mean for goodness sake he made Jaws and I love that film - ET, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan the list goes on and on. The movie mogul is also a bit of an Anglophile so I thought lets watch this as it can't be bad.
Terrible. Awful. It was like a Lassie film gone spectacularly wrong. The scenery was very much blue screen and depicted an England that the Americans like to see rather than the reality of what is even in 1918. I mean the farmers rented house was the size of a small stately home. If you don't know the story its about a horse that goes off to war and gets re-united with its owner. Like that would ever happen. I always think a film has failed if you're not bothered about the characters and we weren't at any point during this film. Even the relationship with the young lad and his horse was all a bit naff and I didn't really mind that the horse "Joey" had to go off to war. I didn't really care if the horse died with all the pulling and hard labour. Even the scene, where he's running through no mans land, getting caught up in barbed wire didn't get me going. In fact I'd go so far as to say it was insulting to the millions of men (young boys even) that lost there lives in World War I and here we were watching a story about a horse. Now don't get me wrong million's of horses were killed which was highly unfair. By all accounts by the end of the war there were practically no horses left in Europe -they had to be imported from America. I have to say I'm more of a human lover than an animal one so maybe the title should have been a big hint.
Whilst putting various posts on facebook - one friend said she cried in the film and it was a true story. At which point my husband choked on his wine laughing. Its a novel and was a theatre production which got transferred to the big screen. I had a lot of fun with this along the lines of Joey the horse writing his story on a hoof proof typewriter and that he was doing a book signing today at the local bookstore. But seriously, it has to be right up there with one of the worst films I've ever seen. Please do not watch it!
Today we were meant to take our eldest to the mountain bike club but we all got up late. My son had been selected to represent the school in the cross country on Thursday. It was a huge event. They had to run around this massive park and he came 175th out of 250 in his group. A runner he isn't but at least he made the team this year. A girl in the school team came 24th! So the son didn't get up until 9.15 am which gave us very little time. Still, we had a bike ride this afternoon and they all helped me make a Christmas cake. My first attempt - the ingredients were easy just a lot of faffing with paper around the tin which the hubster did for me.
I've worked out 4 times this week including my bike ride today and hopefully another one tomorrow, however, I feel quite chunky monkey so not overly hopeful for Monday.
Have a great weekend!