CAST & CREW
The movie is directed by Randall Wallace based on the novel ‘ Secretariat: The Making of a Champion” by William Nack. The movie is produced by Disney Pictures, which itself is enough to ensure the quality of the movie.
Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) who has no knowledge of horse racing, take up Christopher Chenery’s (Scot Glenn), her father, Meadow Stables, which was non-profitable for years with the help of Lucien Laurin ( John Malkovich), the horse trainer. Bull Hancock gives the financial support to the Meadow Stables. On a deal with leading owner Ogden Phipps, Penny wins the horse ‘Secretariat’. On its first race, Penny is hit by other race horses and loses the game. Due to that, Penny changes to Ron Turcotte (Otto Thorwarth) as the new jockey for Secretariat. In two years, Secretariat is named as ‘Horse of the year’. Christopher dies making Penny be in debt for more than six million dollars. When she is forced to sell Secretariat, she refuses and decides to pay her debts with the money earned in the race. Secretariat suffers from abscess due to which she has lost few tournaments. Is she recovering? Winning the races? These questions are answered in the story.
The movie is concentrated for a particular set of people who are interested in horse racing. Horse lovers would love the movie as Secretariat was shown well. The screenplay should have been a bit better as abrupt cuts in few scenes was dramatic. It is worth a watch and the concentration of the characters was much appreciated. Though it is based on the horse racing and Penny, the prioritization to other characters was equal.
Diane Lane should have acted in a realistic way as she was a bit dramatic in few scenes. Dean Semler has done a great job with the camera, especially in the racing scenes, which took the viewers into the race. Nick Glenni’s background scores are so innovative and new.
1) The visuals are very cool to the eyes.
2) The racing scenes are captured very well, and the casts are shown well.
3) The horse resembles the real Secretariat.
What’s not there?
1) A story with a horse is a bit unacceptable.
2) It is very obvious, and scenes are predictable.
One could watch the movie for the visuals in it.
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