I’m a sucker for movies about the relationships between animals and people. Throw in a little sweeping, emotional music on top of it and it’s pretty much a guarantee I’ll be in tears. Such is the case with the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” which managed to leave me a bit misty-eyed with little dialogue and gorgeous imagery.
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, “War Horse” follows the journey of a horse named Joey during World War I and the people whose lives he touches along the way. The film begins with the friendship of Joey and a boy named Albert (Jeremy Irvine), which is abruptly disrupted when Joey is sold to the cavalry. The film follows Joey’s experiences during the war as he connects with a host of characters, including members of the British cavalry and a French farmer, while Albert attempts to reunite with his four-legged friend.
The trailer reveals little about the plot, but it’s beautifully shot and promises to deliver emotionally. “War Horse” is set to be released just in time for Oscar consideration, and a period piece with Spielberg at the helm is sure to get the Academy’s attention. The story has already been adapted into a successful British play, which recently launched a Broadway production that won several Tony Awards.
“War Horse” hits theaters Dec. 28 and stars Irvine, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson and Peter Mullan.
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