3) War Horse (2011) Directed by Steven Spielberg
I liked the movie overall but I feel like there was a lot of story that could have been cut and/or was overtly cheesy (even for Spielberg). And I don’t necessarily know if this is a criticism or a compliment but I felt like there were a lot of moments that were intended to “trick” you into feeling a certain way, I suppose. With most films the directors lay out a scene and hope that you react, emotionally, the way that they intend. This film however felt like everyone in the audience knew when to cry or laugh and that’s either Spielberg showing off his mastery in the craft of film to get a desired reaction or a cheap ploy to earn award recognition. Either way, mission accomplished, sir.