Steven Spielberg‘s latest film War Horse is already considered an Oscar contender even though no one (outside of its makers) have seen it. Once you see the trailer, you’ll know why. Set in World War I, it tells the story of a boy (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse, with the horse shipped off to war, only for the boy to chase after it. Some have called it Saving Mr. Ed, but with Spielberg’s touch it looks to be a powerhouse. Check out the trailer…

What’s interesting here is that Tom Hiddleston shows up, and post-Thor it’s hard to know if he’s playing the good guy he appears to be on screen. Playing an arch villain can do that. The trailer also highlights that Spielberg has one of the greatest eyes in cinema history, so what could be cloying about the film may be kept at bay.

The film is set to be released December 25, so it’s definitely going to be in the Oscar race. We’re still at least a month out for long-lead reviews that could cement the film’s place as the front-runner. That said, let’s just hope for a good movie. But considering Spielberg’s track record, the worst thing that could happen is that it’s another Amistad. That though seems doubtful.

What’s your favorite (and least favorite) Steven Spielberg film?