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.
Conclusion: Secretariat is the sort of feel-good underdog sports story some enjoy and some find derivative. I'm not sure which camp I belong in. I enjoyed Wallace's earnest period drama and its endearing characters, all the while wincing at its sticky sentiment, familiar narrative and predictable plotting. I never felt surprised or involved in Tweedy's trials, just swept up in the sincerity of the film's performances and the thrill of its races.
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: There’s a lot of authenticity in the movie (you will learn a lot about horse breeding for instance) and there’s some parts that make you wonder if it’s all true. Once thing that is for certain, is that Secretariat was the greatest race-horse that ever lived. Not only did he set the record for the fastest time of all time at the Kentucky Derby, but each successive lap was faster than the preceding one, and he still holds the record for that race (1:59 2/5).
Excerpt: Secretariat may be the greatest race horse of all time, but somehow that isn’t enough to rate him a starring role in his own movie. Instead Secretariat all but ignores the horse it’s named after in favor of telling the tedious, mostly irrelevant story of his owner. Let’s call her Diane Lane.