It’s interesting to think about which movies will be remembered as classics 20-30 years down the road. Interesting, and also depressing. Stop and think. Is there one film made during the modern movie age that will resonate throughout pop culture like a Godfather or a Star Wars? There are no more Godfathers, mostly because the Mafioso in the modern studio system don’t believe in them anymore.
Movies mirror the culture they’re released into. It’s no coincidence that the biggest movies now are sloppily constructed rehashes used to make a quick buck. See also: the housing crisis. The most endearing movies of the old age are often blockbusters, but they’re also something more: risks that paid off. George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola had to fight like hell to get their movies made, and struggled to keep them once they were financed. In modern times, once you’re inside the system, there is no fighting. You make the movie they tell you to, or else you pay for it yourself.
Secretariat Directed by: Randall Wallace Written by: Mike Rich (screenplay), William Nack (book) Starring: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, and Margo Martindale
Apparently Seabiscuit and The Blind Side weren’t enough. According to Disney, we needed at least one more historically sugar-coated “impossible true story.” Something savory for the whole family, with perfectly timed and safe one-liners and plot points that the company has had on repeat since it started doing live action movies.
Of course, when this company has a lack of creativity and innovation, they simply write a check. This gives them access to the best filmmaking tools at their disposal to make this pile of garbage. The race footage in Secretariat is amazingly well-done and even a little bit exhilarating. It’s too bad once the horses stop, the movie does too.