After missing it when it was in theaters, I finally got around to watching Secretariat yesterday afternoon on Netflix.
The movie is based on the true story of Penny Chenery Tweedy and her horse, Secretariat. Her family owned Meadow Farm and when he mother passed away, her father was in such horrible health that Penny decided to take over the farm. She bred Secretariat and in 1972, he was named American Horse of the Year. The following year, he won the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Preakness to be the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown. He is the only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek or Sports Illustrated.
The movie was made by Disney, which means there is a hokey quality to it where there are no surprises, but that does not take away from the fun of the movie. Personally, I am a fan of other movies of this nature, such as: Miracle, The Rookie and Remember the Titans. There is witty and heartfelt dialogue, but nothing that is going to win any awards.
In terms of the acting in this film, I am not a huge fan of Diane Lane in general, but she suited the roleof Penny just fine. I also found Dylan Walsh to be quite dull as her husband, Jack Tweedy. However, I did think that Margo Martindale and John Malkovich were great in the respective roles as Miss Ham and Lucien Laurin, especially in their scenes together. They made me laugh a lot.
For movies about horses, I would say that Seabiscuit is better all around. However, if you are simply looking for a fun, lighthearted, uplifting movie, then you should check out Secretariat. You know the story, you know how it ends but it still makes you feel good.