Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” Q-and-A and first official review – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Steve Spielberg’s “War Horse” sprinted out of the Oscar gate over the weekend, holding public screenings in 10 major markets on Sunday afternoon that were followed by an exclusive Q-and-A with the award-winning legend.

You can see highlights here on MSN’s official site.

And while most of our nation’s reviewing press are under “embargo” from filing official reviews, the Telegraph in the U.K. jumped the gun with a review that heaps praise on the drama several consider the new frontrunner in Oscar’s Best Picture race.

“The film is genuine in its emotion, unflinching in its reality, epic in its grandiosity, effective in its performances, and imaginative in its storytelling,” critic Joe Marino writes.

“My sole complaint is a lack of compelling storytelling during the first 20 minutes, but otherwise War Horse is as flawless a movie as we’ve ever seen from the director,” he continues.

The first act is a bone of contention for just about everyone who has seen “War Horse,” though most agree that the film builds serious momentum and has its audience shedding fat tears by the time the credits roll. Can it win over the Academy, as well? We’ll find out. “War Horse” has plenty of competition this year. And as we all know, no film, wants to be the frontrunner early on, because it’s too difficult to maintain that momentum all season.

But for now, “War Horse” is off to a fantastic start, and will look to build on that buzz when it opens in theaters on Dec. 25.

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