Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Stupid Horse Movie

Yes, you can probably guess which movie I saw last night. Two weeks after the stupid owl movie, my wife wanted to see the stupid horse movie. And judging from the previews, next Earth Day I’ll be seeing the stupid big cats movie, too.

Well, I have to admit – the stupid horse movie was better than anticipated.

Secretariat is the true story of the Triple Crown Winner and greatest racehorse ever. Penny Tweedy/Chenery (Diane Lane) takes over her father’s stables and with the help of a trainer (John Malkovich) train a horse called Big Red who goes on to win the Triple Crown.

Lane and Malkovich are the lynchpins of the film and it is through them that we feel the passion. We also feel the excitement while watching Big Red run – the cinematography is amazing. It’s a familiar story, but the director pulled a lot of tension and drama from the elements. Yes, we know the horse wins, but…

The downside is its running time. At close to two hours, it’s too long, and it has a slow start. Ironically, the relationship between Penny and her husband is strained but underdeveloped. So, while it was too long, not enough time was devoted to their relationship. Odd, I know!

Overall, it was very entertaining. It is formulaic – if you don’t like the formula, Secretariat will not change your mind. If you do enjoy it, you’ll have a good time!

Oh, and there's not a stupid chicken movie coming out, is there?

57 comments:

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Not unless they have made a sequel to Chicken Run. Great review, Alex!

Cruella Collett said...

I'm just hoping for a stupid giraffe movie...

This movie sounds like the kind I'd like to watch on TV a Sunday afternoon when I am slightly sick but not worse than that it helps staying on the sofa with hot chocolate and "The Stupid Horse Movie".

B. WHITTINGTON said...

My granddaughter is a "horse person" and can't wait to see the movie. (There's something for everyone.)

You are used to more action!

I'll probably see it when it eventually comes to TV. Not a movie I'd pay a lot to see or stand in line for.

Just so you know, you and your wife may never agree on which movies to see. And that's as it should be. My husband loves westerns. Go figure.
I hate them.
Blessings. And here's to no chicken movies unless it's a cartoon for kids.

Mary said...

I know I enjoyed this post more than I would the movie. Maybe when it hits Netflix?

Pat Tillett said...

I gave up on horse movies after National Velvet and My friend Flicka...

Jemi Fraser said...

So funny! I haven't seen either of these stupid movies yet :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Great review. I'm glad it wasn't as bad as you'd feared. I'm probably passing on this one.

Copyboy said...

I'm a huge movie formula fan, so I guess I'm off to the races (courtesy of Netflx and Warner Home Video®).

Hannah Kincade said...

I'll probably miss this one unless they play it on regular TV.

DLCurran said...

I'm a sucker for stupid horse movies (loved Sea Biscuit) but I'll probably wait til I can rent it. If I wait for Netflix up here it'll be forever (darned Canadian licensing rules!)

I thought I heard something about a chicken movie coming out that was a remake of that owl movie you saw a couple weeks ago. But that's just what I heard...

TS Hendrik said...

How does it compare to Seabiscuit?

I can't say I've heard of any stupid chicken movies coming out, though I'd still love to see a remake of The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.

J.L. Stratton said...

My wife wants to see this movie too. I suppose I'll be going soon. I don't really mind movies about horses, but it would make it better if the horse could shoot, or was involved in some kind of espionage scandal.

Oh, by the way, the stupid chicken movie was made a fews years back. I think it was called "Chicken Run."

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm a sucker for formula...

Monti said...

I love horse movies!!! Enjoyed the one about Sea Biscuit... Thanks for the review!

Monti
MaryMontagueSikes

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

I'm looking forward to this one. Love Diane Lane! Have a great weekend!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I loved your review of the film, but as I don't go to the cinema will wait till it dvd comes availiable.

Have a great week-end.
You and your tagging Arlee he has me at it now...lol

Yvonne.

Stephen Tremp said...

We like Chicken Little. Maybe they'll do a full feature length Cow and Chicken movie sometime soon.

RaShelle said...

LOL - So, the horse wins the race? The thing is, I like it when the good guys win, when they fall in love. I'm glad the horse wins. What I don't like is knowing exactly how he gets there. I guess, in a way, that makes me a formula fan too. But, I still don't want to see this show. =D

Liz Fichera said...

I'm a total sucker for anything with Malkovich, (not a huge Lane fan) although I will probably wait for the DVD. Great review!

baygirl32 said...

kiddo was bugging to see the stupid owl movie and the fox movie. We ended up seeing the stupid fox one, given time back, would have gladly seen the owls instead

DEZMOND said...

I think I'd pay to see you watching a film with Diane Lane :)))

I had a horse when I was growing up on a farm, and I'm kinda scared from horses now, so I just stick to my penguins.

Helen Ginger said...

Maybe - and I'm just guessing here - the problem might be that you're going into the theater already thinking of it as The Stupid Horse movie.

Probably not a stupid chicken movie coming soon, but I wouldn't rule out a stupid dog or cat movie.

KK Brees said...

Horse movies aren't my favorites. I'm more a Rocky and Bullwinkle holdover. Although, if they made a movie about a marsh hawk...

The Golden Eagle said...

I don't watch many horse movies, although I used to be crazy about the animals. I do enjoy watching Spirit from time to time though.

Is this anything like Dreamer?

iZombie said...

i will pass, pass the glue... lol
not a fan unless it's the black stallion...
:)
jeremy

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Not a horse person...Mother forced me to ride horses for years...fall off get back on experience...It worked for many things, but not for my affection for horses...nice to look at, but that's about all I have for them...

Now if there's a chicken movie coming out....that's another story...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cruella, the closest thing to a giraffe movie is Madagascar.

B., we usually agree on movies, so the times we don't we just go with the flow.

Mary, glad I could amuse you!

DL, don't taunt me!

TS, they're different styles, but about the same.

JL, wish I could tell you Secretariat takes a hostage!

Yvonne, you couldn't escape it forever.

Liz, he's amusing in the movie!

Dezz, I'm not a fan of most of her films.

Mason Canyon said...

Secretariat is definitely a legend. I wondered what they would focus on in this movie. Thanks for the review.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Old Kitty said...

Oooh the lovely Guinevere of This is not my Day Job blog also reviewed this film and loved it!!!!
She posted the trailer too and while I instantly recognised the ever so yummy Mr Malkovich I couldn't place the actress!! Diane Lane! Of course - my goodness they aged her!! LOL!!!

I look forward to the cat film review now!! :-) Well of course! Take care
x

Clarissa Draper said...

I have not seen any of these stupid animal movies. Thanks for the review.

CD

lani said...

lol ... thank you for saving me time

WritingNut said...

Haha, I think I might wait for the dvd for this one ;), but thank you for the great review!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Well, there was that movie, POULTRYGEIST, NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD :
http://www.poultrygeistmovie.com/

But somehow I don't think your wife will drag you to that. LOL

She Writes said...

At least it was better than you anticipated :).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mason, the focus is on the owner, although you get to see the horse often.

Kitty, Malkovich was great in the film.

Clarissa, thanks for the laugh!

Roland, I hope not!

Haleine said...

I am looking forward to seeing Secretariat but I'll be waiting for it to come out on DVD. I really enjoyed Sea Biscuit so I'm guessing I'll like this one too.

Your review made me laugh. I have no idea what the stupid big cat movie is but I'm looking forward to seeing the preview.

Milo James Fowler said...

We went to see the stupid Facebook movie (which was pretty darn good), but our ticket stubs said Secretariat instead... Weird.

Kelly Dexter said...

I hope for your sake that the next movie you see doesn't have "stupid" in front of it ;-)

Glad you enjoyed it!

Liza said...

I wonder if the movie will make me feel anywhere near as excited as the original.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Haleine, you will enjoy it. Stupid big cat film was about lions and cheetahs. My guess is all the cheetah cubs die in the end. Sounds like fun.

Milo, that is weird!

Kelly, next on my list is RED, so I'm really hoping it's not stupid!

Liza - as excited as the original moment?

Arlee Bird said...

My wife prefers action and adventure and is not a big fan of animals, which suits me, so we probably won't see any stupid horse, cat, or especially snake movies anytime soon. Your review confirmed what I would have expected from this movie.

Lee

Tossing It Out

Amanda Sablan said...

The stupid horse movie, ha! It's sweet of you to go with your wife, though. Hopefully in return she goes with you to see man-movies? I know I would!

Donna Hole said...

Cool review. I almost picked it up last night.

......dhole

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amanda, she likes most of the action flicks as well, so it's usually not a problem.

Jules said...

Was wondering what you would say, the national reviews are the same. I just want to see KY on the screen. :)

Have you seen the trailer for the new Speilberg movie coming out next summer about Area 51?
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Ellie said...

I was hoping for a stupid meerkat movie. LOL.

Jen Daiker said...

I'm glad to hear that the stupid horse movie wasn't so stupid after all!

Talli Roland said...

Aw, aren't you sweet, going to a stupid horse movie! :) I must admit I've not heard of this one! I may have just blocked it out though. I'm not really into horses!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jules, you mean Super 8? Spielberg's the producer, but JJ Abrams wrote and directed. Should be cool!

Ellie, that's called Meercat Mansion!

Talli, might be an American thing.

SAMUEL PARK said...

Great review! Makes me wanna see this movie. Didn't know so much of it was about the Lane-Malkovich relationship; those two are so fantastic.

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for the info. Kinda wanted to go see this, or at least rent it when it came out but wasn't sure if it would really be any good. Appreciate your input!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Stupid question, but why is it called the Secretariat? Normally, I would have not even registered this movie, but your review was engaging.

Solvang Sherrie said...

LMAO! So I guess you're not into animal movies ;)

Enid Wilson said...

How about you suggest a movie to your wife and ask her to blog here? We can then have the "opposite" side of view.

My Darcy Mutates

SFDaddy - Bryan said...

oh, gosh thanks for the warning. Not about the stupid horse, but the stupid owls. My little ones will require a trip to "the dollar theater" when it gets there. And, yes, we still have one! (Thankfully!)

notesfromnadir said...

Alex,
Thanks for the review. I like your title and it matched my opinion when I saw the preview for it.

SFDaddy - Bryan: You have a dollar theater?! You're so lucky! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Samuel, they are the best part of the movie.

Rayna, that was the 'official' name of the horse. His real name was "Big Red."

Enid, I would, but we usually aren't on opposite sides with movies. She likes what I like.

Bryan, you'll miss some without the 3D, but I just wasn't impressed with the film otherwise.

Monti, it really was good, though. Surprised me.