To be honest, I had kind of assumed that Steven Spielberg’s flick War Horse was going to be about the early days of horse-racing, perhaps about Man O’War, and that depressed me to no end, because could you imagine Spielberg making the equivalent of Seabiscuit or Secretariat? Blech. Boring.
I’m not sure, however, that the actual flick he made will be any better. The trailer doesn’t tell us much, except that his BFF John Williams is back composing the score. A John Williams score can make anything feel like a Spielberg flick.
Official synopsis: “Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure.”
The original title of the movie was “Spielberg Makes You Cry … With Horses.” I don’t know how it ends, but in real life, the horse would have lasted through one battle, then been turned into dog food for the German K-9s and glue. Or something.