Of course in keeping with all things 'girl' over here this week, I'm pleased to still do a movie review that every young girl would love, Secretariat. This film is based on the true story of the Triple Crown winner, Secretariat, who was a super-horse back in 1973. It's a Disney movie, so expect heart fuzzies, clean-slate language and content, and wonderful footage of the fastest horse in America.
The story starts with the loss of character Penny (Diane Lane)'s mother, and with that the abrupt news that their family stud farm is in danger of going under. Penny has to decide how to keep the operation from sinking and thoroughly researches and works hard to turn the stable back to its original state. She puts all her emphasis on a horse, Big Red, and with a superb team (including John Malkovitch as quirky Quebecois trainer), turns this horse into a racing powerhouse.
The missing plot to the story are how her and the absent and borderline- neglected family make amends. The reconciliation between her and her husband was not believable, and awkwardly ended in the movie.
The horse, however, was magnificent. What is it with little girls and horses? They are so graceful and majestic, full of spunk and personality, and completely beautiful when running. I think that's the reason I so enjoyed this movie. The story itself was second to the awe-inspiring feats of this horse who created an unapproachable world record all with a bit of personal flair and poise.
A simple 3 out of 5 stars for sugar, spice, and everything nice. Rent it for the family movie night and watch your kids' horse obsession grow...