Genre Grandeur – Secretariat (2010) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Live Action Disney Films here’s a review of Secretariat (2010) by me

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Emily Slade of Why This Film Podcast and we will be reviewing our favorite Non-Disney Animated Films of the 90’s.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Emily!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“My father’s legacy is not his money. My father’s legacy is the will to win.” – Penny Chenery

Number of Times Seen – 3 Times (13 Jan 2011, 11 May 2017 and 2 Nov 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a woman who inherited a race horse and did her best to get him trained to win the Triple Crown, a feat not achieved in decades.

My Take on it – This is such an amazingly poignant and powerful story.

They find a way to keep things so engaging and intriguing from the start all the way to the very end.

The film’s message about having faith rings true throughout and works even better when everything thinks that  the horse, its owner and new trainer are all in over their heads with this lofty attempt to in the Triple Crown.

The film’s tone is amazing and that helps keep things so engrossing and engaging throughout.

The cast is superb with Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale, Dylan Walsh, James Cromwell, Dylan Baker and Scott Glenn all helping to make things so much more powerful due to their performances throughout.

The way that this story unfolds is great and they do such a great job making the viewer feel as if they are right there during each and every one of the races because the camera work is so up close and personal the whole time.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Not only did Secretariat set the record for the fastest time at the Kentucky Derby (1:59 2/5), each of his quarter-mile splits were faster than the preceding one, which means he was still accelerating at the end of the race. His split times were: 25 1/5, 24, 23 4/5, 23 2/5, and 23. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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