Movie Review


Now available on DVD, this 2010 film by Walt Disney pictures chronicles the true life of thoroughbred Secretariat, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973. The horse’s owner, Penny Chenery struggles with the death of her mother and her father's illness as she struggles to save the family farm. Filmed in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky as well as Louisiana, the scenery is simple but beautiful. You have the opportunity to watch Penny succeed in the then male-dominated world of horse racing. Watch for the cameo at the end where the real Penny is in the crowd at the last race. "Big Red," Secretariat's unofficial name, dominates horse racing as no horse has ever done before or since. Even if you're not a horse racing fan you will be enthralled by this movie. Although there are no overt Christian themes, you would hear "Silent Night" sung during the movie and entering the final turn of the last leg of the Triple Crown, the song "O Happy Day" takes you down the home stretch. This is the kind of movie we remember Disney making in the past. Chicago Sun-Times film critic Robert Ebert gave this movie four out of four stars claiming that "...this whole movie feels authentic.