January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #26 of the 48.
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Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in the theater when it came out and was so inspired by the way that they present the story and characters because it is done so well.
“You know, you don’t throw a whole life away just ’cause he’s banged up a little.” – Tom Smith
Number of Times Seen – between 5-10 times (Theater in 2003, 31 Jul 2004, DVD, 11 May 2017 and 17 Jan 2021)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of an inventor, a jockey, a horse trainer and a horse that together helped inspire a nation while helping to heal one another at the same time.
My Take on it – This is a film that I loved from the first time I saw it in the theater years ago. They are able to find a way to make this film feel even more like a fairy tale by the way that they present things. The narration by David McCollough helps things so much and allows the story to feel even more epic in the way that they tell this tale. The cast is perfect with Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper and Elizabeth Banks al doing wonderful jobs with these complex characters. The characters are able to complement one another while they each seek a way to heal themselves either physically or emotionally. The way that the horse is used as a catalyst for all of the problems of the characters works really well especially given how they all work with one another. The film’s music is great and also helps enhance the epic feel of the story so much. The way that they present a story of hope against all odds works so well especially when they show the connections between Red and Seabiscuit because it allows us to see how one can overcome almost insurmountable obstacles if you have your heart into it. Very deserving of it’s 7 Oscar nominations which included Best Picture and Best Screenplay even though it had no chance of beating the only film to ever go 11 for 11 in Oscar history. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sold over 5.5 million copies on DVD, which is the highest for a dramatic movie. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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