Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Coming Soon: War Horse

The first trailer for Steven Spielberg's new film War Horse was just released and it's pretty awe-inspiring.  

War Horse is based on both a successful children's book published in 1982 and a 2007 stage adaptation of the same name. The play, which started out in Britain, was recently brought to Broadway and it just took home the top prize at the Tony Awards a few weeks ago.

The thing that excites me about this story is that it is completely unique. It's something we've never seen before. War Horse is the story of World War I, told from the point of view of a horse. The horse, Joey, is owned by a young boy, Albert, but at the beginning of the war Joey is sold into the cavalry and sent to the trenches. We experience the war by following Joey into battle.

I'm also excited by how b-e-a-utiful this trailer is. The cinematography just looks gorgeous. It's been a while since I could say that about a Spielberg-produced movie. Feel free to disagree, but I don't think good cinematography was high on the list for the Transformers trilogy.

Spielberg's best projects, in my opinion, are the ones about wars: Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, The Pacific, Letters from Iwo Jima. He just seems to thrive when he's given such a huge and dramatic canvas on which to paint a story. It's been 12 years since he took home the Best Director Oscar for Saving Private Ryan and by the looks of this trailer and the many articles I've read, he seems to be on his way to securing another nomination. Studios tend to release the films they think have the best chance of getting Oscar nods at the end of the year, right before awards season and War Horse comes out December 28. It would be cool if War Horse won the Tony and the Oscar in the same year.

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