3War Horse Steven Spielberg directs what is ultimately a mixed bag, albeit an overall good mixed bag. The emotional stuff gets to the point where even the most loving of persons could get generally uncomfortable watching it. Spielberg just doesn’t know where to stop sometimes. The film is based on a children’s book and a stage adaptation of the same name. As for the horse in the title, it’s named Joey. There has never been a more impressive group of horses in a movie. Numerous, identical horses play the War Horse, and they are all some of the most amazing creatures ever put to film. The Black Stallion, Seabiscuit, the head in the Godfather movie bed—they all take a back seat to the horses in this movie. It’s easy to forgive Spielberg’s slip-ups when the majority of his movie is a pleasure to look at, and well acted by humans and animals alike.