Today’s movie was Dreamer and we both really enjoyed it. Kurt Russell was excellent as the dad, he’s really at the top of his game. His portrayal of Herb Brooks, the coach of the Hockey Team that won the Olympic Gold medal was amazing. Dakota Fanning is very talented actress. Whenever I’ve seen her on Leno, she’s been entertaining. Kris Kristofferson, Elisabeth Shue, David Morse and Oded Fehr all gave solid, believable performances.
Oh sure, y’all know how it’s gonna end but it’s a pretty good ride getting there.
Supposedly it was based on a true story. I haven’t researched it so I can’t comment.
I give it a solid 8 and recommend it as a great family film.
UPDATE: I researched the original story and came up with this:
“…Gatins continues, “The way the New York papers described the horses—they gave them personalities; the horses came alive as actual characters. I thought it would be great to make a movie about those characters. I started going to the racetrack and following them like athletes, watching their careers as they started going for the big races, the classics. These horses are bred to race, they are bred to be super athletes, but some horses just have more heart and drive.”
Gatins knew having that kind of heart and drive sometimes means more than just winning races. He wanted to write a screenplay about a horse who overcame the odds, so he started researching stories of horses who came back from what should have been career-ending—if not life-ending—injuries. It was then that he came across the story of one remarkable mare named Mariah’s Storm…“