Secretariat Movie Review

I was lucky to get a chance to attend the screener for Secretariat a couple of nights ago. I asked a close friend of mine who is an avid movie-goer and who really wanted to see this movie.

This movie is based on the true story of Secretariat, the last horse in history to win the Triple Crown. It’s also a story about never giving up on what you truly believe in.

My favorite part of the movie was all of the races. The experience of the race was brilliantly captured on film and I was on the edge of my seat for each scene. This is definitely a movie to see on the big screen. The silent anticipation as the horses waited behind the gate, The loud sound of the bell as the gates broke open to an excitement of horses. The thunder of their hooves on the ground and the determined breath of the horse as they ran with everything they had. The only word that comes to mind to describe it is ‘powerful’. I still get goosebumps when I think about those scenes.

While the races are going on, some of the shots are from the point of view of the horse, or are right behind the horses hooves, so it feels like you are right in there, riding with them.

The storyline that takes place duing the races is also one worth seeing. There were tears and laughter, and the back story really finishes of the whole movie.

The two main roles were made for Diane Lane and John Malkovich. Diane portrays Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat and Penny’s determination and strong will shine through with Diane’s performance.

I love John Malkovich in roles like these. He has fantastic delivery of subtle humour and balances his character perfectly with his dramatic scenes.

The whole cast just works in this movie and it was a pleasure to watch from beginning to end. The last race completely blew me away. This is based off of a true story, so everyone here knows he wins the race, but there is still something about the last race that I didn’t know and I was speechless. I had tears in my eyes as he crossed the finish line.

I wanted to jump up and cheer with everyone in the movie and I felt like I was there, watching it back in 1973.

So, I recommend a couple of things. First, if you are wondering what to do this weekend, or what movie to see, consider Secretariat. And second, if you go, I suggest you sit in the middle towards the front of the theatre (not in those first three rows though). That’s where we sat and we really enjoyed it – especially once that racing bell sounded.

Sheri Landry
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.
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