Secretariat
OMG! I can’t believe the ending! So unpredictable!

Theatrical Release Date: 10/08/2010
Director: Randall Wallace
Cast: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Scott Glenn, James Cromwell, Dylan Walsh, Fred Dalton Thompson, Kevin Connolly

Disney’s new movie, “Secretariat”, explores the journey of one athlete to stardom. Horse fans know this particular legend all to well, but novices will be thrilled to learn the history of this particular equine underdog.

Whether or not you know the history, it’s a fantastic story and exhilarating to watch. This period piece is beautifully costumed, well written, and aptly cast, with leading roles being held by Diane Lane, and John Malkovich.

It’s one of the rare movies, which actually sparked my curiosity enough to prompt a little bit of research and knowing the history didn’t diminish my enjoyment one bit.

The movie sparks a whirlwind of feelings, leaving the audience at the edge of their seats, cheering for the inevitable. It was comparable to actually going to the races, although much cheaper! I would loved to have seen the real Secretariat run but unfortunately, I wasn’t born until 1976.

I highly recommend staying through the credits for some interesting facts and footage. “Secretariat” is a wonderful journey and an easy recommendation for those looking for a good escape, earning a 4.5 out of 5.

WARNING! Spoiler alert … AKA interesting historical facts:
For non-racing fans, the Triple Crown is made up of 3 races (Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes) within a 5-week period. Only eleven horses since 1919 have won the Triple Crown, with Secretariat being the first Triple Crown winner in over 25 years at that time. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.

Secretariat’s accolades include being on the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated; and was the first non-human athlete to have ever graced the cover of all three magazines in the same week.