First, let me start this post by saying that I really like movies. I try to go every week (doesn’t always work out that way) and see something when I can afford it. Add to that my love of horses and it is pretty obvious that I love “horse movies”. I have been looking forward to seeing the movie about Secretariat for a long time.
Overall Movie Grade: B+
What I liked about the movie: I loved the acting. Everyone was spot on, even the kids. You could totally loose yourself in the movie. Speaking as someone who was not alive during the time in which this movie was based, I thought that the wardrobe and sets were fantastic. I also was not that familiar with the story of Secretariat so I found it to be very riveting. I cried several times during the movie and I can’t even really tell you why (nothing tragic happens). You would think that it would be hard to care all that much about a story in which you knew the ending, but watching “big red” up on the screen brought up so many emotions. It was much better than I thought it would be.
What I didn’t like about the movie: I am sure it is just a horse person thing, but the horses they used to play Secretariat all looked so different. I know I shouldn’t care because it is a movie, but I did care. It also bothered me because one of them (the almost liver Chestnut one) looked dead behind the eyes and that just kills me. I am sure that most people wouldn’t notice that, it is just the horse lover in me coming out. I also didn’t like how they tried to play with your heart strings. I know that they wanted to make you feel, but it just felt like a little overkill sometimes (coming from the woman who cried many times during the movie). It is a good story, but I love my come from behind stories like Dreamer or Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. This movie was the story of a family that was impacted by a horse, not the story of a horse.
So should you go see it?: Yes! It was a good movie, and not every movie can be a truly great film. If you can go during discount hours I know that you wont be disappointed, I am on the fence of whether or not it is worth full movie price. So grab some barn friends and go check it out. The only way they will keep making horse movies is if people keep seeing them.