War Horse Times Three Entertains

By David C.

You have probably heard of the book, play, and movie War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo. However, do you know the difference between the three of them? These three makes of the same story are really different than you may think. In the book War Horse, the horse narrates the book. In the DVD and play, the horse is not narrating and it’s more like a camera following the characters.

The main plot of the book is that an Irish farmer buys a farm horse and the farmer’s son (Albert) takes care of the horse who’s been named Joey. Years later, WWI begins and the farmer sells Joey to the English military without Albert knowing. Joey is tossed back and forth from the French side and the German side while Albert tries to get into the war and find his missing horse. Will Albert, the farmer’s boy, ever be reunited with Joey? Read the book to find out.

The play War Horse has spectacular full sized mountable horse puppets. The play was performed at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles this summer. The war segments were incredibly realistic and a little scary. There were changes in plot that made the play more action packed and some times funny.

The movie is more similar to the plot of the book than the play. However, the movie still has some major plot differences especially at the ending.  The movie is rated PG-13 because of war violence. Younger kids may get scared if they watch this movie

The book is the best because it seems to flow better and because of the fact the horse is telling the story like he was reviewing his life. The play is no longer in California, but if it’s near again, you should see it. The puppets were really great. The play was very breathtaking. It was incredibly emotional. Overall, this is amazing entertainment.

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