Wairarapa News : January 25th 2012
6 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2012 ART & ENTERTAINMENT When neighbours get together for a BBQ, all hell breaks loose as secrets are revealed and there is a ghastly murder, but who dunnit? 25-26-27 January 2012, 7.00pm Tickets $45 (includes dinner) www.harlequin.org.nz Be in quick, tickets to our Murder Mystery dinners sell out fast! Tickets from World Travellers, Lincoln Road, Masterton 06 377 0139 The Great Kiwi Murder Mystery Dinner! Harlequin Theatre Presents 4323432AA 3131092BJ 20 Essex Street, Masterton Ph 06 370 0012 Fax 06 377 7294 www.clubwairarapa.com WAIRARAPA SERVICES WAIRARAPA SERVICES AND CITIZENS CLUB AND CITIZENS CLUB Members, Guests, Affiliated Members and New Members Welcome Courtesy Coach available Friday 27 Ja nuary 7.30pm All Wel come Free Ent ry Beach Gear Welcome! Restaurant Open Wine of the Month Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Gris Come and visit for a free tasting, and take advantage of our special deal. 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For more information phone Jenny on 06 376 0815. Food, music, beer and wine Come and enjoy food, music, beer and wine at the Peak Brewery, 160 East Taratahi Rd on Sunday afternoons throughout the Summer from 1pm. Phone Rhys on 021 149 6996. Cross Creek Blues Club music Laid-back blues held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at The Tin Hut, SH2, Tauherenikau from 7.15pm. Dinner from 5pm. Authentic blues at its best. Guest artist for February is Nick Charles, Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots guitar music. Martinborough fair Held in the picturesque Martinborough Square Saturday, February 4, 9am till 5pm; comprising more than 480 stalls selling artwork, crafts, clothing, food and other quality products. ‘War Horse’ leaves sense of unease MOVIE REVIEW – WAR HORSE Front line: Joey charges through the trenches in War Horse. By BRENDAN O’CONNOR Whenever the subject of a film or television series is an animal, it usually fills me with unease. The attri- bution of human characteristics to animals has seldom, in my experi- ence, ever resulted in anything other than mawkish, sentimental storylines, which circumvent logic and credibility. One of my favourite exceptions to this anthropomorphism was the strange United States television show Mr Ed, which was recently dubbed into te reo by Maori Tele- vision, a move so breathtakingly left of centre it became a surreal viewing experience. Conservative 1960s white folk conversing in te reo with a horse was an oasis of the bizarre in the arid landscape of television. Mr Ed’s korero with Wilbur came to mind when watching Steven Spielberg’s latest Oscar bait, War Horse. Raised in the Devon countryside, the horse in question is bought by Ted Nar- racott (Peter Mullan), a drunken broken-arse farmer who inexpli- cably buys the thoroughbred instead of a Clydesdale as a plough horse, despite its inflated price. Ted’s son Albert (Jeremy Irvine) takes a shine to the crea- ture and before you know it has it ploughing fields a 4WD Massey Fergusson would struggle with. Albert’s conversations and instructions to Joey, as it is named, stirred the Mr Ed com- parison, so understanding was the horse of his master’s wishes. This technique may have worked in the original children’s novel by Michael Morpugo, on which the film is based, but here it began to test the limits of credibility, some- thing director Spielberg has never shied away from mind you. Come 1914 and the outbreak of war, the horse is sold to an Eng- lish cavalry unit by Ted Narracott to settle his mounting debts. Shipped off to France the horse leaves behind a heartbroken Albert, who wonders whether he’ll ever see Joey again, especially considering the Somme wasn’t a particularly happy grazing land for horses or their riders. Here Spielberg dusts off his ‘‘war is hell’’ set pieces, as in Saving Private Ryan and through loud, spectacular, horrific scenes shows the profound insanity and inhumanity of war, wherever it is, whoever is fighting. The horse is passed from hand to hand, side to side during the course of the war, this device being used by Spielberg to show the remnants of goodness left in people on all sides of the argu- ment. The novel War Horse was adapted into a National Theatre production using stylised bamboo figures for the horses and went on to successful runs in the West End and Broadway. For this production, Spielberg reverts to a traditional retelling of the story complete with Constable like images of the English countryside and the familiar bleak, hellish landscapes of the battlefields all washed over with a bombastic John Williams’ soundtrack that sounds pretty much the same as every other soundtrack he’s composed. The acting is solid, if unremarkable, with Emily Wat- son and Eddie Marsan sadly underutilised. This film is unashamedly a tear jerker (and an Oscar hopeful) and will no doubt be popular with fans of horses and boxes of tissues but if an unquestioning belief in the anthropomorphic qualities of animals is not your thing you’re left with that sense of unease. We all know war is vile and we should be kind to the animals we don’t eat, but whether there’s a bond that goes beyond food, shel- ter and an affectionate pat is a moot point. War Horse is puzzling as to its message. Mr Ed may say ‘‘Kapai’’, I say ‘‘why?’’.
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