Honestly the sole reason for me viewing this movie was its director -- Steven Spielberg!
For a movie about a horse (which am not a big fan of .. am more of a dog person), I am sure glad to experience such an amazing story. Fully old fashioned (down to the money -- guineas?), heart warming and above all its direction.
The mise-en-scène is quite brilliant as we get to experience the madness of war through a horse's ordeal. The detailing of this movie is quite unbelievable, and in true Spielberg fashion comic moments were carefully implanted -- especially where a British and German soldier work together and then decide on a coin toss who gets to take the horse.
In general, this is more than a story about a horse ... it's a Spielberg classic!