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Secretariat

 

 

SCORE: 86

 

Secretariat 

 

I did not know much about Secretariat before watching this film. This horse was a little before my time. When Disney offered Family Friendly Gaming a reviewable copy, I was curious. Plus my youngest son loves animal movies, and I knew he would get into it. What surprised me is how much I got into it. A happy housewife gets thrust into a situation of running her parents farm when her mother dies. Her father was ill, and may have had Alzheimer. She starts out wanting to set the horse farm right, when she realizes she has something special in terms of Big Red.

The images in Secretariat are amazing. The clothing fits the era, and I am so glad fashion has progressed. That trainer's clothing was really wild. Thankfully he toned it down as the movie progressed. Visually Secretariat is very clean, and safe. War protesting is touched upon more from a historical reference most Americans are still trying to forget. The core world of Secretariat is horse racing, and the people that believe in the horse. They really loved and supported one another.

In various spots of Secretariat there is some mild language issues, along with insulting of others. The strained marriage based on the wife neglecting her husband is touched upon but never allowed to be graphic. The acting in Secretariat is extremely well done, as well as relaying emotions. There is a music video including in this 2 disc package (one Blu-ray, and one DVD) that is wonderful. The end scene in Secretariat has some wonderful humor that has made me watch it numerous times already.

I adore it when movies include behind the scenes features. Secretariat has some great ones. A conversation with the real Penny Chenery, and Heart of a Champion are two of my favorites. The deleted scenes, and commentary are interesting as well. I can see why some of the those scenes were deleted. I can see Secretariat becoming a favorite, especially that final scene. I will not spoil it for you, but it is amazing. I feel that Secretariat is worth the price of admission.

An underlying theme of Secretariat is a woman breaking into a man's world. She faced various taunts, but she stood her ground, and wound up dishing it back out. Having a much better horse certainly helped back up her claims. I must admit that her husband could have divorced her on numerous occasions but he stuck it out with her, and took over the duties she neglected. He is a true hero that showed honor and devotion.

I wonder why her family did not move to the farm, and restart their lives there. The storyline surrounding the horse and those that believed in him is amazing. The neglect of the family is something that makes me feel bad for her husband and children. In the end I came away from Secretariat feeling it was more about her proving herself right - even though she was gambling.

Secretariat is an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. The production value of this movie is top notch. I hope to see more fantastic films like this in the near future. It was my pleasure to be able to watch and review Secretariat.
- Yolanda

{UPDATE}: The movie is not completely historically accurate.

 

Graphics: 90%
Sound: 78%
Replay/Extras: 94%
Gameplay: 89%
Family Friendly Factor: 79%
System: Blu-ray/DVD
Publisher: Disney
ESRB Rating: 'PG' for Parental Guidance Suggested
{Brief Mild Language}

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