I've read a fair amount of reviews on this film and it really seems to be a case of liked it or didn't. And I have to say - I did.
Steven Spielberg's adaption of Micheal Mopurgo's well loved book as adapted for the stage follows Joey, a horse born in Devon and his journey over several years as he falls through various hands - from a young man in Devon, the British in World War 1 and then the German's to a stunningly hauntingly beautiful No Man's Land near the end of the War. All the way, showing through these loose stories the experiences of humanity against the onslaught of War.
This is Spielberg channeling David Lean, John Ford and painting a visual delight with every scene on the movie canvas. It's unashamedly old fashioned in it's approach and at times skirts familiar Spielberg sentimentality (though it is based on a kids book). But it works a heck of a lot more than it doesn't thanks to an evocative score, nice performances and those beautiful camera shots.