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War Horse premieres to critical acclaim

9th January 2012

Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's critically acclaimed novel War Horse has received universal praise from critics following its premiere in London.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among the guests at the first ever public screening of the film, which tells the story of a boy who tracks his trusty steed down to the battlefields of World War I.

A stage adaptation of Morpurgo's novel received tremendous acclaim for both the performances of its cast and its technical innovations and Spielberg's adaptation appears to be no different, with the director taking inspiration from the novel and its Broadway and West End interpretations.

'When I read the book I just adored that, then when I saw the West End production I was absolutely devastated and I really felt there was an adaptation to be had,' he said at the premiere.

Spielberg added that he was 'honoured' for the film to receive a royal premiere and spoke of his pride at 600 current and ex-members of the military and their families also being in attendance.

Morpurgo, who was also at the screening, said he was confident Spielberg's adaptation would be 'beautiful', but noted that the background of the story and the harsh reality of war are the most important elements of the tale and it is therefore essential the film version honours these.

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