The last movie Steven Spielberg directed was "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," a film that continues to leave a sour taste with fans even four years later. Well, get ready for a swig and spit -- 2011 is a shaping up to be a large pour of Spielberg-brand mouth wash.
After his CG-driven action/adventure flick "Tintin" debuts on Christmas, Spielberg nuts will be treated to another film by the legendary director: "War Horse."
The film, based on a children's novel by Michael Morpurgo, tells the epic tale of a boy and his equine companion, who find themselves separated amidst the vicious landscape of World War I. The film follows the horse as he journeys through battles, inspiring the people with whom he crosses (gallops?) paths while the world is torn apart by war.
The trailer is reminiscent of a Spielberg we haven't seen in ages, losing the shiny sparkle of movies like "Munich," "War of the Worlds," "Minority Report" and "A.I" and opting for a crisp realism in the vein of "Empire of the Sun" or "Amistad." Along with music by go-to maestro John Williams, the trailer for "War Horse" is majestic the way you'd hope (and expect) a Spielberg movie would be, with sweeping shots of English hills and gleeful horse riding doing most of the talking.
Spielberg's back and, without stuffing it down our throats, "War Horse" already feels like one of the year's top Oscar contenders. The movie stars Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, relative newcomer Jeremy Irvine as the horse's boy, Albert, and hits theaters Dec. 28.
Check out the trailer below.