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?