Watch: Glowing Video Review of Spielberg's 'War Horse' Hits the Web
Let the Oscar buzz begin. I've been mentioning recently that one of the final arrivals that I think may take a lot of Oscars next year is Steven Spielberg's War Horse, not just because the trailers look fabulous, but I really think Spielberg has made something wonderful. To add some actual buzz to back up my hype, a new video review of the movie by "film critic Chris Stuckmann" has hit YouTube (via Awards Daily) and it's about as glowing as you could imagine, saying there were scenes that were "pure Spielberg magic." This is only just a small part of the buzz, as DreamWorks & Disney have been hosting promo screenings recently.
The film hasn't shown for critics or in any major cities, but DreamWorks is quietly hosting word-of-mouth screenings all around the US. SlashFilm has been collecting some of the buzz, including feedback saying War Horse is "as flawless a film as we've ever seen from [Spielberg]" and "some of the greatest scenes I’ve seen in his career." The video review includes snippets of footage from the trailer and is fairly brief, not spoiling anything, but mentioning quite a bit of praise for it. And here is Chris' video review of War Horse:
As we haven't seen the film yet and can't post anything on it yet anyway, we'll rely on the good word of Chris for early buzz from this. I've been incredibly excited for this ever since getting a good look at that first trailer and hearing John Williams' score in it. Speaking of the score, Chris says it's "of course, magnificent." Along with a few of the text reviews, this video explains it in the sense that the film "never takes sides" and tries to view the war through the eyes of an animal, the horse, which is very interesting but sounds like the element behind the brilliance of this that I think will make it the top Best Picture contender by the end of the year. I personally cannot wait to see this. If you're lucky enough to catch an early screening, let us know.
I'm glad that there's early buzz like this coming out, as it should help turn this into the hit that I expect it to be. As for anyone concerned about the trailers and what we've seen, Chris confirms that "the trailer gives away nothing" and there's a lot more to see in the movie itself. War Horse, directed by Steven Spielberg, and adapted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) & Richard Curtis (Pirate Radio) from Michael Morpurgo's novel, stars Jeremy Irvine as well as Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson, David Thewlis and Toby Kebbell. Officially arrives in theaters everywhere starting on December 25th, Christmas Day, this Holiday.