Once upon a time, Steven Spielberg used to be one of the most influential directors ever lived in the modern generation who spawned hits after hits that impresses the critics as well as many viewers around the world. But in 2011, his much-anticipated return to the director's seat after the 2008's INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL proves to be a mediocre year for him. First off, he made the highly-anticipated animated adventure THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, which is fairly entertaining in parts but rather predictable in its overall execution. The second one is WAR HORSE, a would-be epic tale that combines a heartwarming children's drama mixed with World War I undertones. Spielberg should have no problem executing such genre, but it's really surprising that WAR HORSE is all about great visuals but falls terribly short in narrative structure and emotional factor.