“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.