So how do I feel about the War Horse, now the dust has settled?
I've thought about this a lot - why was it so emotional, why was an audience moved to tears over a bunch of puppets?
Well to begin with, the War Horse is a cracking good story. It shows, somehow, the humanity that survives in war. Written for children, Michael Morpurgo's book works on so many levels by demonstrating the special bond between humans and animals, that even the enemy are human and above all, that we should never give up.
But here's the thing. I wouldn't want to see the film. Using those carefully and expertly made puppets ensured the audience saw through the animals and into their souls. That may sound rather deep and profound, but I think it's true.
Why not go see for yourself?