Saturday, October 9, 2010
In My Opinion! Must-See Movie of the Year! Secretariat! Opens Friday Oct. 8
If you never see another movie, you NEED to see this amazing story of an amazing horse and the woman who loved him!
First, let me give you some background on Secretariat. Secretariat is hands down the greatest race horse who ever lived! He was a big red colt out of SomethingRoyal and Bold Ruler who won the Triple Crown of racing in 1973. The triple crown is the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes that run over a period of seven weeks. The Triple Crown has only been won eleven times since 1919. Just twice since Secretariat claimed it, lastly by Affirmed in 1978. But Secretariat's winning of this crown is even more impressive because of how he won it!
Based on the remarkable true story, “Secretariat” chronicles the spectacular journey of this 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery—with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)—manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
I had the distinct pleasure of being asked to attend a screening for this movie. Gracie and I were so excited! We didn't think Monday evening would ever arrive! Gracie loves horses! (Her daddy was a horse trainer.) So I knew that she would enjoy this! My very dear friends, Cindi and Terry Hess acoompanied us. Spirits were high as we set off from Issaquah to make the short trip to Seattle.
When we arrived Lindsay, our gracious hostess, took good care of us! I had been told NOT to wait in line, but to find the representative with the clipboard! Well, Lindsay found us! After a very short wait while the theater was cleaned, we were escorted to or seats. Because we arrived early, we had our pick and chose the upper level.
Of course, Cindi treated Gracie to a very, very large bag of popcorn and that child consumed over half the bag herself! She wanted that movie to begin! (Because this is a Disney picture, anyone from child to oldster will enjoy it! )
And begin it did! From beginning to end, Secretariat held your attention!
Penny Chenery Tweety took over her family's racing farm after her parents died. The continuous pressure to sell the farm and the horses was strong, but Penny stood firm. She connected with Secretariat in an almost spiritual conection. This not only is a story of a horse's determination, but a story of a woman's determination to give that horse a chance!
I'd give this movie a double thumbs up!