Watch: Glowing Video Review of Spielberg's 'War Horse' Hits the Web

November 2, 2011
Source: Awards Daily, /Film

War Horse

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.

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This folks is what we call viral marketing. I don't believe it. I would say I have to see it for myself before rendering a verdict but that's just what Stevie wants. So if the trailer doesn't sell me on it, which it doesn't, I'm not paying to see it. The end. 

Chris Batty on Nov 2, 2011


ok, i guess. if that's the way you feel - don't see it. i'm very curious chris as to what kinds of trailers DO sell you? i thought this one was very well done in every sense. and what's that "just what stevie wants" crack? EVERY director/producer/actor wants people to go see their films.  also - this does NOT seem like viral marketing to me - it comes across as a guy who really enjoyed a movie and wanting to tell others about it.

Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011


i'm not sure i buy all this viral marketing buzz but i guess hollywood is just so desperate to get the public to warm up to spielberg again they'll try anything. saw the play twice, read the book once. will see for myself if spielberg is able to retain the same magic on the big screen. for now, the trailer screams oscar bait to me. fincher's girl with the dragon tattoo has  me more excited. 

alistair on Nov 3, 2011


Why would ANYONE listen to Chris Stuckman? Why would anyone listen to any critic?

Wakecycle on Nov 2, 2011


beware of critics bearing glowing reviews...

alistair on Nov 3, 2011


Thanks so much for posting my review! I appreciate that, extremely kind of you =)

Chris Stuckmann on Nov 2, 2011


i don't let reviews decide which movies i watch since everyone has different views; but, it's great to hear the full movie is as wonderful as the trailer. my GF and i will be there opening night.

Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011


They can nominate the horse for best actress and then Sarah Jessica Parker can accept the award. 

Lebowski on Nov 2, 2011


I've never even heard of this movie.

Tendonin on Nov 3, 2011


I saw the film and quietly cried through much of it. I was thoroughly impressed and engaged with the story and the filmmaking. Top quality. Several scenes reminded me of Gone With The Wind, pure visual drama.

Margymckelvie@gmail.com on Nov 3, 2011


Steve, I don't want Tin Tin and I don't want War Horse. Make dinosaurs go rawr or something.

Pompy on Nov 3, 2011


Pompy dear, don't want Tin Tin n War Horse? You won't know what you're missing. I have seen Tin Tin in India and can't describe the way the audience warmed up to the movie. It's breathtakingly entertaining! Made us all feel "Spielberg's Back!" He's got back his magic touch! So I just can't wait to see War Horse now.

Johnny Gaddaar on Dec 7, 2011


Saw it and left half-way through it.  For anyone who may think it is a heartwarming story, it isn't.  It is a war movie, a graphic, violent, realistic war movie.  It portrays the horrors of war, so much so that I could not take it anymore. 

Laurenandchris on Dec 10, 2011

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