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Seabiscuit [Jul. 27th, 2003|11:11 pm]
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Seabiscuit is a movie about a horse. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: Who the hell wants to see a movie about a horse? Wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago that we were saying, "Who the hell wants to see a pirate movie?" and look what happened there.
This isn't just about a horse. It's about chemisty, and how an odd assortment of misfits can accomplish whatever they want as long as they have each other.

It's something that should appeal to all of us misfits here, anyway. Think of it as a D&D adventuring party. Everyone's got backstory, everyone's got a weakness, everyone's got their special skill, everyone's got their need. Individually, they're just screwed up losers...but together they can kill the orcs and dragons and have whatever they desire.

I haven't read the book, but I am going to now. It's a great story...it's entertwined with the industrial boom of the turn of the century, the expansion out west, the boom of the 20's and the crash and depression of the 30's. It's success in the face of adversity...and it's a true story, too -- it happened.
The acting is superb. Jeff Bridges (channelling Tucker a bit) is wonderful as Charles Howard, at once confident and optimistic and as broken as everyone else. Tobey Macguire will win an Oscar someday, the only question is when and for what role. He puts so much into every character he inhabits, and makes each one so believable, that this time you'll even believe he's a natural redhead. Chris Cooper...is like, Tobey Maguire Senior. And William H. Macy has a small, but brilliant part.

And the horse is wonderful, too...

[User Picture]From: lindyjan
2003-07-28 07:15 am (UTC)


I read the book a few weeks ago, and the story of the woman who wrote the novel is just as fascinating as the novel is it'self. She put her entire heart and soul into telling the story of the horse, and the men involved. She spent years... ill with chronic fatigue syndrome and vertigo doing interviews and writing and re-writing the story. Her descriptions of the races are just gripping. Such a cool part of American history.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-07-28 07:26 am (UTC)

Re: seabiscuit

I was surprised at how enthalling the movie was...I don't, generally, tend to go for biopics.

You've just made me want to read the book even more than I did before..! Thanks!
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From: kay_bee
2003-07-28 11:40 am (UTC)
"Seabiscuit is a movie about a horse. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: Who the hell wants to see a movie about a horse?"

ummm... me?
i've been wanting to see
it since i heard they
were making it!
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-07-28 11:54 am (UTC)
See? I wasn't sure...I kinda saw Chariots of Fire on horseback happening there and...I don't like biopics all the time...but I liked Tucker, and the actors made me want to see it...
But I just wasn't sure how into it I'd be...just on paper, you know? Kinda like the pirate movie...lesson: Don't judge a film by its genre!
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