Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Full "War Horse" Trailer

The titular hero of "War Horse," a farm horse conscripted into the army during World War I who tries to fight his way back to his rightful owner, will benefit from being immediately sympathetic and likable just by virtue of existing. People will see the horse, people will like the horse, anyone who is good to the horse we will also like, anyone who is bad to the horse is worse than Hitler and we will hate them and cheer for their violent defeat... all without the star of the film having to utter a single line of dialogue.

With Steven Spielberg directing, Janusz Kaminsky shooting and John Williams scoring; you could probably say the same thing about the movie - everything from the setting to the subject matter to their prior collaborations is in-their-element, Tommy-at-the-pinball-machine stuff for this crew...



Some folks are already calling this an Oscar frontrunner and potentially Spielberg's biggest hit in awhile. I see no reason to doubt either calculation.

11 comments:

Rook in the Pumpkin said...

Can't help but wonder if the horse racks up a body count throughout the journey.

Mads said...

I can't help but think that it'll feel silly.

The ultra-realistic setting combined with a horse imbued with the intense human emotions the come about through going to war and wanting to return home...it seems like a mix of lord of the rings and schindlers list.

That's not to say that I'm not a sucker for the pathos the trailer inspires in me. I love that shit.

It's just...of all the important great war stories, you decided to tell one about a man and his horse? Are we really so jaded and incompassionate towards _humans_ that the only way to evoke this emotion is to anthropormorphize a horse? And why the hell does that even _work_ ? Because only a horse can be innocent enough in the war that we can root for it without having to give any thought to the ethics?

I'm sure the movie will be good, but it raises _a lot_ of questions about our culture.

SonofRyan said...

I disagree Mads, the thing is, we can feel sympathy towards humans but, in a war, almost everyone has blood on their hands, even the good guys, and not always in a good way. In even in liberating Nazi germany we burned thousands of civilians to death in hamburg and in stopping the Japanese slaughter in China were indirectly cause a famine in Vietnam killing 1 million people. Not saying that all war is bad, but all war is, when examined even in the slightest critical fashion, very morally complex.

However, animals are never morally ambigous, they are morally and emotionally simple and pure, as they are intellectually quite simple, and it's for that reason that animals can elicit emotions more pure than we can muster for humans because we know that a horse has never done anything we would consider morally suspect whereas even the nicest person may have. It's not that we don't have sympathy for our fellow human beings, but that we can be completely and utterly sympathetic to a horse as it is not a complex character, whereas humans, by nature of being complex beings, must be, and therefore feelings about virtually any human character are mixed somehow.

Kitousha said...

This feels like an attempt to shove a golden age Disney epic into a modern day type of film.

I'm very intrigued.

Arturo said...

Does anybody remember a Dreamworks movie called Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron? It was before Dreamworks PDI went full-on computer animation. I can't help but be reminded because that movie is also basically about a horse trying to get ack home.
All in all, I remeber it being pretty good, particularly because the filmmakers didn't force the movie into being "cartoony". For example, all the animals in the movie don't have voices (save for some fist person monologuing by Matt Damon as the lead) but they have the same level of emotion and perception as people.
Also, it had some pretty cool set pieces (Gran Canyon chase scene, train rolling down the side of a mountain, etc.) and nice songs by Bryan Adams.

Anonymous said...

"I can't help but think that it'll feel silly."

And I can't help but think of Horse Outside by the Rubberbandits.

David (The Pants) said...

I agree with SonofRyan, but Mads, come on dude, never ask "Why is this story not a different story?" which is a little bit the essence of what you're saying. Stories are stories, do not question why they aren't other stories. I don't know, this argument sounded better in my head.

Some Swedish Guy said...
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Some Swedish Guy said...

I just KNOW that either the horse or the owner is going to die for extra drama. Just you wait.

vamast said...

there was an animated movie about a stalion, which is much better because it is animated.

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