"War Horse" is based on a kids/young adult novel by Michael Morpurgo. The story of a remarkable horse and his experience with people and soldiers from countries on both sides of the battle reveals the humanity, and lack thereof, that exists among people no matter which side they fight on. The intellectual story has a lot of heart and a subtle anti-war message delivered through the eyes of a brave horse who is at the mercy of the decisions of the man.
When a drunken competitive streak inspires Ted Narracott (Peter Mullan) to bid high enough to win a thoroughbred horse, it seems the hasty choice may mean ruin for his family. His wife Rose (Emily Watson) laments that they will surely lose their small English farm, but their son, Albert (Jeremy Irvine), names the horse Joey and forms a fast bond with the horse, determining to train him to work the fields as a work horse so the family can be saved. Against the odds, Albert and Joey succeed. But, WWI has finally reached their tiny town, and Ted sells Joey to the army. From there, we follow the story of Joey as he winds his way through countrysides and battlefields, meeting many people and seeing many places along the way.
As the mount of a kind-hearted British cavalry officer, Joey is treated well. But before long he finds himself enduring harsh conditions on the German side of the line. Joey touches the lives of many as the cruel war rages on around him. Throughout the crushing trials, Joey finds solace in kind souls and in his best friend, a black steed named Topthorn. Despite loss and hardship of the sorest kind, Joey proves himself a hero and changes hearts along the way.
喝得醉醺醺的特德•纳拉科特（彼得•穆兰 饰）带着酒意与人竞价，花了一大笔钱买下一匹纯种马。在别人看来，这个轻率的选择很可能会压垮纳拉科特一家。特德的妻子罗斯（艾米丽•沃森 饰）绝望地认定，他们会因此失去自家的英格兰小农场。然而两人的儿子阿尔伯特（杰瑞米•艾文 饰）却很快就和马儿混熟了，还给它取名叫做乔伊。他决心训练这匹马适应农场工作，以承担起家庭的重担。在众人不可思议的目光中，阿尔伯特和乔伊取得了成功。但是，第一次世界大战的阴云最终笼罩了他们的小镇，特德将乔伊卖给了军队。从这里开始，我们便跟随着乔伊的脚步，辗转于乡野和战场之上，走过许多地方，遇见各式各样的人。
（China.org.cn Rebecca 译）