I am a bit of a movie buff—well, to some extent. I love to watch dramas, especially period dramas. I love a movie that is inspiring and true to life. Movies that not only teach you about history but leave you feeling you can take on anything. There is something special about that. One such movie that left me inspired was War Horse.
To those of you who may not be familiar with War Horse, it was a period drama set during World War I and directed by Steven Spielberg. It was released in 2011. It is the remarkable story of a young farmer boy's love for a colt that he raised.
The story begins at a humble farm in rural England. The boy is excited about the new colt that has just been born on his neighbor's farm. He raises the colt, teaches him to ride, drive, and even to come when whistled to. The two are inseparable. Then war breaks out. The story will go on to follow the horse's journey as he begins as a cavalry horse then changes hands several times from the German army to a fruit farmer. At the end of the movie, he is finally reunited with the young boy.
Why is this one of my favorite movies? Because it's powerful. There is one scene where the horse is trapped in barbed wire in the middle of no man's land. Shots are being fired right above him. A British soldier pulls out a white flag. There is a cease-fire for a moment to save the horse's life.
Both the English soldier and a German soldier help to cut him free. For a moment, that helpless horse halted a war, and two opposing people came together for something good. I remember sitting in the theater, thinking if a horse can bring people together even for a moment, why can't we do that? Why can't we overlook each other's differences and see the good?
I don't want to say too much about it if you have not seen it, but I highly recommend watching War Horse.