There aren’t many directors out there who can say they’ve had two of their movies hit theatres within seven days of each other, but this holiday season we are lucky enough to be getting a double shot of Steven Spielberg. Considering that his last film was 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I think we’re all hoping for a return to form here, although the two movies couldn’t be more different. The animated family adventure film The Adventures of Tintin arrives first on December 23rd, followed by what appears to be his awards contender for the year, the dramatic and uplifting War Horse.
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, it tells the story of a young boy named Albert (Jeremy Irvine) whose horse is sold to the cavalry during World War I. When the horse’s rider dies in battle, Albert sets off on a journey to the frontlines to reunite with his equine friend. The trailer certainly feels like classic Spielberg, largely thanks to the music provided by John Williams. Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Emily Watson also co-star alongside relative newcomer Irvine. War Horse hits theatres on December 28th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.