War Horse/My Thoughts On The Oscars

Last night I saw War Horse at the Paramount Theater. I've seen almost 50 Broadway musicals, but never a play. I was afraid that I’d be bored and slightly uncomfortable, but it was soooo good. I laughed and cried and it kept my attention 100% of the time, which doesn't even happen while watching some of my favorite musicals. The play (based on the 1982 children's novel) was made into a movie, and nominated for an Oscar, in 2011 and I saw the movie back then, and liked it, but I didn't feel connected to it at all. I was completed wrapped up in the story and in love with the horse (and I’m not an animal person) while watching the play. That’s good theater!

The story is set in England at the beginning of World War I and is about a boy named Albert and his horse, Joey. When Albert is 16, his father sells Joey to France to be used as a war horse. Albert is devastated, runs away, lies about his age, and joins the army to find Joey. Yeah, I know, it sounds kind of stupid. The first part of the play is about Albert and Joey growing up together. The second part of the play is much darker, covering the war.

The most amazing thing about the play is the set and animals. The horses are puppets, each worked by three people. Although you can see the people in plain sight, you stop paying attention to them and seriously fall in love with the horses, which look like wooden skeletons, but move and sound just like real horses. You can even see them breathe and chew! It was so amazing to watch. I was mesmerized.





The entire set was bare and simple and basically held up by cast members. The battle scenes were also very minimal, but with lighting and the screen behind them, they created pretty scary scenarios. The German tank seriously freaked me out. There were a lot of deaths, but there was also some lightheartedness that kept me out of a minor depression while I watched. And there was a happy ending. I totally cried. It was amazing and definitely made my top ten favorite Broadway plays. I recommend it!

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After the play, I avoided all social media and rushed home to watch my previously recorded Oscars. Here's my running commentary: I kind of have a crush on Seth McFarlane. And I love him even more that he opened with a jab at the Academy for snubbing Ben. Oh, here come the inappropriate jokes and song about boobs, which is all funny. Ok, now it's just too long and weird, get to the show! Woohoo Christoph Waltz! Man, love him. Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy are my favorite. Did you know Melissa and Jenny McCarthy are first cousins? I just found that out last week. Kind of insane, right? The Avengers were cute. So were Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum. No surprise there for the Life of Pi wining cinematography. Searching For Sugar Man is the only nominated documentary I didn't see. I really, really wanted The Invisible War to win. I have never watched a documentary that fired me up as much as that one did. I recommend everyone seeing it as soon as possible. Did they really just play the Jaws theme song to wrap up that guy's speech? I seriously love Ben Affleck, but Jennifer Garner is so boring and blah. John Travolta is so embarrassing. His wig is out of control! And he pronounced Miserables wrong. The song and dance segment was fun. Man, I love Chicago. The musical and movie. Oh, Anne. At least she practiced her speech this time and didn't sound as crazy as she has lately. But she still seems very fake. Sandra Bullock is so awesome. I love her so much. Adele is flawless. Except for her pointy fingernails. They've always creeped me out. I bet no one agrees, but I really like Nicole Kidman's dress. Kristen Stewart looked great, but she was so weird. Clear your throat before you walk out on stage! And don’t be grumpy at the Oscars, bitch! Babs is here singing The Way We Were. I love that movie! And it reminds me of this from SATC. Did anyone else have a lot of cruise line commercials with BIG SALES starting tomorrow? Yeah, I'm pretty sure everyone is avoiding that. What is wrong with Renee Zellweger? Have I ever mentioned how much I love Adele? Oh, only 85 times? I seriously love her. She was so sweet! Charlize is stunning, I'm not really into her dress, but it doesn't matter. I'm so excited for both screenplay winners! Argo and Django were awesome! Tarantino is so strange, but he can sure make a movie. I really wasn't expecting Ang Lee to win, but good for him! Jennifer Lawrence is adorable. She really looked shocked to win. Her speech was simple and sweet. Daniel Day-Lewis is just an amazing person. I'm crying! Michelle Obama looks great, as usual. ARGO!!! It had to win! "Three of the sexiest producers alive?" Well, that's 2/3 of the way true. I'm glad Ben thanked Canada! Awkward with the "marriage is work" stuff though. Then he dedicated it to his kid, and I'm bawling. Cheers to the Losers was pretty funny. Besides the super long variety show beginning, I though Seth did a great job.

I'm linking up with Leeann!


Misty said...

"I kind of have a crush on Seth McFarlane. And I love him even more that he opened with a jab at the Academy for snubbing Ben." YES!!!

I don't normally like Seth, but I loved the show. I thought he did a great job. And I love inappropriate humor.

I love that JLaw and Ben one. I cried for both of them like a fool. And how cute was Daniel Day-Lewis? Loved his speech.

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Someone tweeted "Your girl is lovely, Hubble" and I totally thought of Carrie and Big and cried.

Those horses...interesting! I think it would freak me out but I would eventually get used to it!

Karen Peterson said...

I love your stream of consciousness Oscar viewing recap. Awesome. I never have been a Seth MacFarlane fan. Until last night. Now I kind of love him. What is this world coming to?

I haven't seen War Horse, the movie or the play, but I would love to see it onstage. I've heard only great things.

Jo said...

So bummed that we can't watch the Oscars live ... unless we don't sleep

Sounds like they did an excellent job with the play, glad you enjoyed it

Jen said...

That play sounds amazing! I would love to see how they did those animals.

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

I watched Searching for Sugar Man and almost fell asleep. Have no idea why it won. I wanted "how to survive a plague" to win. Beautiful, gripping movie.

WOW I didn't know that about Jenny and Melissa McCarthy. Makes sense... same last name lol

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I didn't get to watch the Oscars, so this and Gwen's at Confessions of a Gila Monster provided me with everything I needed.


Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I love Jen Garner! But I was a huge Alias fan. I like that she's calmed him down. And their kids are so cute!

I also have a crush on Seth. He's not cute but he's just so damn funny! I thought the awards were long and boring after the opening. And JGL just looked dumb singing and dancing :*(

Sorry I'm so late on commenting. Thanks for linking up for Monday Morning Gossip!!

Kate said...

I just saw Searching For Sugar Man on Saturday. I wasn't going to go but I am so glad I did. Beautiful music and interesting story!