Plot synopsis released for Spielberg’s WAR HORSE

Tim Sweeney

by: Tim Sweeney
December 14th, 2010

On the heels of his announcement that he will team with Daniel Day Lewis on an Abraham Lincoln biopic, Dreamworks has released the official plot synopsis for Steven Spielberg's war epic, WAR HORSE, which is due out December 28, 2011.

Spielberg, whose only directorial effort over the last half decade was the abysmal INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, is due to release two films he directed next December; the other one is THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICON.

The official synopsis for WAR HORSE, which stars Emily Watson, Jeremy Irvine, and David Thewlis, reads as follows:

"From director Steven Spielberg comes WAR HORSE, an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. 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. WAR HORSE is one of the great stories of friendship and war—a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history."

You read that correctly; it is war through the eyes of a horse. It is as if Spielberg is flipping off recent cinematic equines, Seabiscuit and Secretariat, and saying "You think you're heroic? I'll show you heroic." Perhaps after the criminal INDIANA JONES film and his role as executive producer on the horrendous TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, Spielberg is getting back to what he knows. He is well aware that when he combines his name with a World War epic, he whets the appetite of award voters. For further evidence of this, see SCHINDLER'S LIST and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

I am sure many people hope to see Spielberg get back to the style of grittiness that they have not witnessed since MUNICH in 2005. That is, unless they share the sentiments of Terry Gilliam.

Source /Film

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