In 1973 the horse racing world was captivated by a big red stallion that was owned by a housewife from Denver, Colorado. This horse, was the famous Secretariat. The Disney movie details the back story of Penny Chenery who fought to save her parents horse farm after they passed away. The movie shows the prejudice that Ms Chenerey dealt with in the early seventies being a house wife and trying to race a horse in the mostly male driven race horse community.
Apart from a few overly dramatic moments and some cheesy dialogue in places, the movie is very well done. The cinematography is stunning. John Malkavich plays the part of the Secretariat’s trainer and is great for a lot of comic relief.
The movie made it seem like for at least three years, Ms. Chenery spent the majority of her time away from her family. I don’t know if that is the way it was truly, but it seemed a little extreme. I am not judging her, I just don’t know if I would have that kind of commitment to horse that I would make my family suffer for it.
Disney has its name all over the movie, and as such, it doesn not contain anything inappropriate material for young viewers. It is a decent movie, and I would recommend it, whether you’re into horses or not.
4 out of 5 nateys