Early “War Horse” reactions are positive – AWARDS ALLEY
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Tony Award-winning “War Horse” started grassroots screening in small markets last night. They’ll continue this evening. And while the reactions are from John and Jane Q. Public instead of dyed-in-the-wool Oscar analysts, they’ve largely been favorable. Which probably is what Disney was looking for.
“Would def recommend War Horse to anyone who asks. Great movie, well worth the 2:20, never felt like it though. Very evenly paced,” Tweeted @MetalTodd from Cleveland, Ohio.
“I’ll be giving a full review early tomorrow (I need to let this brilliant film sink in a bit more), but I am DEFINITELY giving it 5/5. Actually, I’ll go farther than that. This was a masterpiece. This should be one of the top 2-3 during Oscar season. All the hype we were hoping for was well-deserved. Outside of the first 30 minutes being a tad “eh,” the rest of the film is the best I’ve seen of Spielberg in years. Some of the greatest scenes I’ve seen in his career. I’m going to go as far as to say that it’s my second favorite Spielberg film after “Schindler’s List.” First chance you get, go see it. There should be quite a few ore screenings leading up to its late December release. A+++!!” was the enthusiastic response from Emailjnm on the IMDB message boards.
“The movie was FANTASTIC! War Horse was awesome. A must-see,” adds @PensNucksDenver.
So, not exactly Variety, but reactions from the people. Spielberg, no doubt, turned the award-winning material into a crowd-pleaser. We just want to know if it’s going to be an Oscar-pleaser, as well.
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