Kentucky (1938)

“Every day’s a good day for racing! ” – Peter Goodwin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Following an incident during the Civil War, two horse breeding families feud for decades.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew absolutely nothing about yet had heard of it years ago due to the fact that it was the second of Three Academy Awards win by Walter Brennan for Supporting Actor.

The story itself is quite interesting and they do a nice job of making it seem like an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The characters are all great and we get a true sense of who they are and what they stand for through all that they do.

They all are developed quite well which helps them come alive before our very eyes.

Brennan was truly amazing in the film and was quite deserving of being among the very first actors to win a second Acting Oscar in their career (He would win again 2 years later, making him even more unique with 3 wins).

The choice to have this story begin during the Civil War is a great idea because it gives much validity to the kind of rivalry between these families.

Having the story culminate at the Kentucky Derby decades later is also a great choice because it helps make the story feel even more genuine and realistic in the way it portrays things.

Bottom Line – Interesting story that feels somewhat like an updated Shakespearean story yet is injected with fresh ideas.  The characters are all great to watch and the cast helps make them all come to life Brennan is amazing in a supporting role and was quite deserving of receiving his second Oscar for Supporting Actor.  The idea to have the story start with the Civil War and then culminate with the Kentucky Derby helps make it feel quite genuine and realistic. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Around three hundred African American extras were utilized throughout the course of this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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