FILM: War Horse Receives First Rave Review

Posted: November 28, 2011 in Film
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War Horse, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar hopeful (and my personal prediction for Best Picture), was recently screened for the first time this weekend to critics and the public alike. And now, I’m sure we’ll begin to see early buzz and positive reviews for the film. The first one released is from The Telegraph:Ever since Saving Private Ryan, the work of director Steven Spielberg has been hit-or-miss. Finally, our wait for the return of his classic touch is at an end with War Horse, both a model of cinema done right and – even more importantly – the epitome of Spielberg done right.

“Every since Saving Private Ryan, the work of director Steven Spielberg has been hit-or-miss. Finally, our wait for the return of his classic touch is at end with War Horse, both a model of cinema done right and — even more importantly — the epitome of Spielberg done right…Seeing something as brutal, terrible and human as war through the innocent eyes of a horse is an ambitious form of storytelling, and Spielberg pulls it off with honesty and authenticity. I felt each emotion as if I was a marionette, manipulated by the director’s strings…The most telling scene, set in No Man’s Land, involves a German and an English soldier, a pair of wirecutters, a horse and a casual conversation about home…It reveals what makes this a movie that will be watched generation after generation, with each one crying and cheering in the same places…It has all the hallmarks of the Spielberg we’ve missed so much: powerful, gutsy, honest, and effective.”

War Horse opens Christmas Day. The trailer is below.

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