By chance, I saw Jeff
Bridges on Letterman, Leno, Headline News and so I thought, “Enough
already, I’ll go see the movie.”
The visuals are wonderful such as the fall leaves used as a
backdrop while Maguire rides Seabiscuit. There is the great irony of how Charles Howard’s fortune is the
same thing that brings him deep sadness. There is the great campfire scene of Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper,
and the balcony scene when Howard looks at the lady who is to become
his future wife. There are many, great scenes of Maguire and Seabiscuit as
they heal themselves. In the
end, the movie talks about healing and this is why this movie should be
added to your must-see list.
What to look for. What are the purposes of the following?
black and white photos of the Depression.
humor/contrast of Bridges’ bicycle repair shop and the arrival of
the automobile in front of his shop.
repetition of Bridges in his son’s room.
dialogue that talks about not throwing a life away because it has been
repetition of the comic radio announcer.
parallel between Seabiscuit’s female companion and Bridge’s
repeated shot of Seabiscuit looking at his competition.
historical significance of the story.
detail of the injured and wrapped leg.
detail of the food on Pollard's plate.
These are just some
things to look for that were artistically added to give the movie many
levels of depth.
Mostly, however, are
the three, great performances of the three, leading actors. Unless
of course, horses or any other great animal actor can be nominated for