Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Troll Day Afternoon

In honor of and with a  toast to Mr. Troll, Kymmie and Mom went to see Secretariat on Saturday ….

secretariat

We really enjoyed it, too.  The movie is more about the owner (Diane Lane character) than the horse, but it was a good, old fashioned feel-good Disney movie with beautiful and dramatic story telling.  

Now that I reflect on it a bit, Diane (Mrs. Tweedy) did lack just a bit of the Steel Magnolia.  Just a bit, though.  She has the look and demeanor, but the Southern snarkiness could have been a tad better.  This is just a minor criticism, believe me, because I thought she played the role very well.  And I predict we’ll be seeing a lot of the girl who played the oldest daughter.  She just jumps off the screen with charisma.  My fave character was the jockey, and of course, John Malkovich is just a hoot.

Go see it, in honor of Troll.  I’m sure he’d critique all the factual discrepancies, but as a movie, lots of fun and flavor.

7 comments:

chickory said...

im slightly disappointed it wasnt about the horse more, but how could you do that? will go see it maybe at the drive in. yes! my town actually has a drive in -and the cool weather makes it fun. Troll, if youre reading, please come home.

fishy said...

Hi Pam,
I went to see this movie and like you, long to hear the Troll response. Troll, if you read this please know you are missed. A lot.

I think Disney did a fine job with this movie. I am of a generation which grew up on Disney movies and have long appreciated the relationship between Disney and animals.

I very much enjoyed the effort made to tell the parallel stories of the woman and the horse. The horse would not have been so remarkable had not the woman known and loved her horse and, trusted both trainer and jockey. The woman would not have achieved all she did without the remarkable heart of her horse.

I love the effort was made to show the bond between woman and horse. If you have not had this experience it is a challenge to understand. I can tell you the relationship with a horse is like no other. There is zero doubt about the level or clarity of communication and it is real.

I think the movie does tell well the amazing achievements of this equine athlete who loved his sport and his humans. Also, I really loved the sets and the photography.

It did bother me the race course shots were at Keeneland but had I never been to Keeneland I would not have known. Also, I agree with you in that the lead character seemed a bit flat. I think I read, or heard, Lane had never been around horses before and I found her temerity incongrouent with the story.

Pam said...

Chickie: We have drive-ins around here too and I haven't been to one in years. The hubby hasn't been at all. I really need to correct that, before drive-ins are totally lost to history.

Fishy: Glad you enjoyed the movie. We loved it. It was, in fact, the second horse movie I've seen with the Kymster. First being Seabiscuit, which we also loved. Re Diane Lane's portrayal ... maybe it is true that the owner didn't jump up and down and hoot/holler when the horse won the first two races... but still, that doesn't ring true that she was so emotionless. Just bothered me a bit after the fact. So, who else could have played this role?

Troll: Ditto to Chickie ... please come home!

fishy said...

Maybe an actress with an easy familiar way with horses. Bullock and Roberts are both horsewomen but I don't really see either being right for this role.

Lane did get the refined lady of the South, married to a very reserved attorney persona, but that is just one facet of a multi-faceted person.

The movie was done well enough to make me cry. More than once.

Who would you like in this role?
And TROLL, your commentary please!

fishy said...

Maybe an actress with an easy familiar way with horses. Bullock and Roberts are both horsewomen but I don't really see either being right for this role.

Lane did get the refined lady of the South, married to a very reserved attorney persona, but that is just one facet of a multi-faceted person.

The movie was done well enough to make me cry. More than once.

Who would you like in this role?
And TROLL, your commentary please!

Pam said...

Fishy: How about Ashley Judd? Except she has done nothing lately to speak of ... Renee Zelwegger comes to mind also, but she was a little over-exposed. I like that Diane is age -appropriate.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

We really want to see this too but it has yet to make it to the sticks!!