My sister and I bought tickets to see War Horse for my Dad's 65th birthday. Although I'd seen the film and not really been impressed, I was told that the stage performance was totally different, so I was looking forward to it.
I must admit, I was waiting to be wowed throughout the whole thing, and was let down.
The story begins when Joey the horse is a foal, cue the animatronic pony which was controlled by 3 people. To be honest the pony's legs didn't even bend, which reminded me of those children's programmes from the '80s with the puppets. When the adult Joey came on stage, that was probably the only moment I thought 'oooh that's really good'. The adult horses are very well done and you do forget that there's people underneath controlling it, but you can only admire it for so long before you start thinking 'is this it?'. The first half hour drags on terribly and you never get any sense of emotion.
The lead actors felt like they were forcing out their lines, especially Albert who's voice was like nails down a chalkboard since his Devonshire accent was so thick.
For me, it was just a let down. Obviously, some people will go see it and think it's amazing, but I'm afraid I'm not one of them. I was actually just waiting for it to end. I had no connection at all to any of it, even though I wanted to have. I couldn't have cared less by the end if he found the horse or not.
I would rather have spent my ticket money on something else.
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