I wasn’t too excited for this film until I saw the trailer this weekend when I saw Toy Story 3 (my thoughts on that film will come soon, I swear). After seeing the trailer, though, October 8th cannot come soon enough.
Trailer and info after the cut.
According to its Wikipedia entry the film’s plot is as follows:
The film tells the story of the Penny Chenery and her United States’ Hall of Fame racehorse, Secretariat who, in 1973, became the first horse in twenty-five years to win the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. The story centers around Penny Chenery who took over the financially troubled Meadow Stable from her ailing father and guided the horse through his Triple Crown season. Other key characters are trainer Lucien Laurin and jockey Ron Turcotte.
I pretty much love everyone in the cast: Diane Lane as Penny Chenery, John Malkovich as Lucien Laurin, James Cromwell as Ogden Phipps and Margo Martindale (aka that woman, she’s one of those actresses who’s great in everything but you can never remember her name). I really enjoyed 2003’s Best Picture nominee Seabiscuit and this film looks, at least from the trailer, to be just as quality a film.
It’s being directed by Randall Wallace, who wrote Braveheart and wrote, directed and produced The Man In The Iron Mask. He got a really great performance out of Malkovich in the latter, so I’m looking forward to those two working together again. I also think Wallace can handle the story with more deft than John Lee Hancock did with last year’s The Blind Side and won’t knock us over the head with sentiment.
Lane has been criminally underused since her amazing back-to-back performances in 2002’s Unfaithful and 2003’s Under the Tuscan Sun. She received numerous nominations for both, including Oscar and SAG nominations for the former. It’ll be nice to see her in a role worthy of her talent again.
Malkovich gave two of my favorite supporting performances in 2008, in Clint Eastwood’s drama Changeling and the Coen Brothers’ comedy Burn After Reading. He hasn’t gotten any Academy love since 1993’s In The Line of Fire (he was also nominated for his debut in 1984’s Places of the Heart). Maybe this’ll be the role to get the Academy’s attention again (although, really how he was not nom’d for 1999’s Being John Malkovich is beyond me).
Again, Secretariat hits theaters on October 8th, 2010.