War Horse

(PG-13) ★★☆☆

Director Steven Spielberg takes a swipe at this popular children’s book turned stage play, and the results, while dramatic, are slightly overdone. It’s 1914, and Joey, a farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into World War I. But will he ever find Albert (Jeremy Irvine), the farmer’s son he’s forced to leave behind? It’s nostalgic; it’s melodramatic; and who doesn’t love horses? But heavy effects and cinematography take things over the top. Hopefully, after this film and Tintin, he gets ahold of young-adult material more worthy of his adult talent.