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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
    God bless!

  • “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.”
    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
    ~Arthur Polotnik

    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

War Horse

Last week I had the opportunity to see a pre-screening of the new Steven Spielberg movie War Horse and I was blown away.  It’s not everyday you get to see an amazing movie made by Hollywood, but this was defiantly one.  The story was beautifully told and inspiring and made you cry, the characters were real people who pulled you into the events, and the cinematography put you right in the middle of everything, it was breath-taking.  It made you laugh, cry and believe in an incredible bond of love that brought a horse and a young man through a war.

I cried my eyes out through the whole thing, (and according to my younger brother who went with me, so do did the boys sitting next to him), but even so, all two and a half hours was completely worth it.

Story

War Horse follows the incredible story of the stallion Joey.  Joey is raised and tamed by a boy named Albert and together they become the closets of friends.  World War I breaks out and Joey and Albert are separated when Joey is sold as a war-horse.  Through the rest of the film we follow Joey’s remarkable journey through war-torn France and No Man’s Land.  We see the lives of people he touches, from a French girl and her grandfather to two young German soldiers.  Joey and Albert’s story is one of courage, friendship and love.  It’s heartwarming, inspiring and will break your heart and mend it all at once.

Content

The film is rated PG13 for war scenes, but the scenes, though difficult to watch, or not bloody or overly done.  Steven Spielberg did an excellent job recreating WWI in a realistic yet tasteful way.  I think even with the war content this film would still be good for families to see together.

There was no language in this movie, or if there was, I didn’t catch it.

Themes

Courage, friendship, love and hope.

Yes, this movie is about a horse, but the courage shown by Albert, and those Joey meets, (and yes, even Joey himself, yes, I mean the horse,) paints a beautiful picture of hope, even amidst the mud pits of No Man’s Land.

Joey and Albert share a special bond of friendship that caries them both through the war.  Joey may be a horse, but he’s a horse you are rooting for and will fall in love with, and to many in the film, he’s a hero.

Characters

One thing I loved about the characters in War Horse is they were just people.  Whether they were German, French or English they were all simply people all caught inside a terrible war.  There were villains and heroes on both sides.  There were villains back in England in Albert’s home town as well as in the German army.  No body was perfect just because they were on the right side, and no body was completely bad just because they were on the wrong side.  There were characters you didn’t like, and characters you liked no matter what side they were on.  They were real people, shown in a real world.

Ending Thoughts

War Horse comes to theaters December 25th, go see it.  You might not want to see it on Christmas Day, (might spoil the happy-go-lucky atmosphere that comes with Christmas morning), but go see this movie.

The  cinematography made the settings and experience breath-taking.  The characters made the world real.  The story and themes touched your heart

It was heartwarming, funny, inspiring, and just plan amazing.  Go see it.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. *****

P.S.  Make sure to bring a bag of kleenex with you.

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