Excerpt: "Secretariat" is another great underdog story about the famous racehorse, but the owner Penny Chenery (played by Diane Lane) is the definite focus of the film. Housewives and working moms will be inspired by her story.
Excerpt: I did not know much about Secretariat before watching this film. This horse was a little before my time. When Disney offered Family Friendly Gaming a reviewable copy, I was curious. Plus my youngest son loves animal movies, and I knew he would get into it. What surprised me is how much I got into it. A happy housewife gets thrust into a situation of running her parents farm when her mother dies. Her father was ill, and may have had Alzheimer.
Excerpt: In 2003, Universal came out with a movie entitled “Seabiscuit.” The movie was about a horse who managed to capture the attention of the nation back in the days when there wasn’t a whole lot to be excited about. It was a true story, of course, and it was met with both critical and commercial appeal. The film was later nominated for several Academy Awards even including one for Best Picture. It ultimately lost to “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Summary: Disney is billing Secretariat as an underdog story, but don't be fooled. Secretariat isn't just an underdog story; it's an underdogged underdog story of triple-crown underdoggedness. The titular horse is an underdog, his owner is an underdog (in at least four different spheres), her father is an underdog (fighting first with dementia, then with a stroke), the veteran trainer she hires is an underdog, her feisty jockey is an underdog (who burst his previous horse's...
Conclusion: 'Secretariat' is much more than a stirring, beautifully mounted story about a legendary racehorse; it's a tale of perseverance, heart, and personal evolution that's emotional, exciting, and, yes, inspiring. It's a film the whole family can relate to and enjoy, and features excellent performances, thrilling race sequences, and a thoughtful, flowing script.
Excerpt: Disney sports movies, with the sole exception of Miracle , never found their groove after Remember the Titans . There was that swimming movie no one remembers, and that baseball flick, The Rookie . They’re so formulaic it’s sickening, but credit to Secretariat for doing something different: eliminating the bored wife character. Actually, scratch that. It’s still here, but it’s a guy now.
Excerpt: Behind every legend lies an impossible dream. Witness the spectacular journey of an incredible horse, Secretariat, and the moving story of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked everything to make him a champion.
Excerpt: The Film Hollywood loves a good horse tale. There's Flicka , The Black Stallion , Hildalgo , National Velvet , and Seabiscuit , just to name a few. Now coming into the cavalry is Secretariat . In 1973, Secretariat snagged the Triple Crown, meaning he won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. It was a big deal because no horse had grabbed that title in over 25 years, and only two have done it since.
Conclusion: Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi's real-life sports dramas for Disney take a clear, easy path to acclaim. The stories are factual enough and the treatment is always technically sound and suitably serious. Who but cynics can do anything but applaud the underdogs who defy odds and gloriously triumph? Perhaps those who notice the simple calculation and have trouble being moved by it.