THE PLOT THUS FAR
Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Secretariat” revolves around Penny Chenery, a mother and housewife who takes over control of her father’s failing horse stable business when her mother dies and her father becomes ill. She adopts and manages ‘Secretariat’ (also known as ‘Big Red’ or just ‘Red’) and with the help of an experienced horse trainer named Lucien Laurin trains him to be the first Triple Crown winner in twenty five years. Despite her lack of experience she surprises everyone and becomes a star in the predominately male ran industry and saves her father’s business as well as her family. The film is based on the book I mentioned which is based on the true story of one of the greatest loved sporting events in world history.
I didn’t know much about the story of ‘Secretariat’ prior to seeing the film but have since read up on it. His story is a highly loved and inspiring event looked back on fondly by many. Before really knowing this my initial feelings on the film were that it felt way too forced and cheesy. After reading people’s feelings on the true story and the film I think even less of the movie.
Now this is a perfectly harmless film that is meant for escapism purposes only. The film never gets to deep, and doesn’t explore in depth the dynamics of horse racing or the psyche of our main character, Mrs. Tweedy, and what motivates her. The film strives to be nothing but a fell good movie and it accomplishes just that. While we’re watching it, we fell good for the most part. This movie makes no boasts about being deep or intellectual or thought provoking. Secretariat lives to entertain its audience and for the most part it does. I was entertained. People in the theater around me seemed entertained.
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, featurettes and deleted scenes. The multi-angle simulation breakdown of Secretariat racing was amazing and it shows how a CG/Live-Action blend can go a long way towards making new cinema. The A/V Quality is pretty freaking amazing and it shows off a dynamic range. The DTS-HD master audio will charge up all the speakers on the soundstage, as you will feel ever gallop towards the Triple Crown win. Truly heart-warming and inspiring, “Secretariat” blows you away. It’s a must-buy.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!