Sunday, April 27, 2008

The First Saturday in May -Movie Review

I went and saw "The First Saturday in May" this weekend. This independent film, made by 2 brothers, John and Brad Hennegan, follows 6 horses as they prepare to run in the various Derby Prep races in hopes of making the 2006 Derby.

The film follows Barbaro, Brother Derek, Jazil, Sharp Humor, Lawyer Ron and Achilles of Troy. The film centers on the horses and the trainers who train them. This film was obviously made by people who love the game and it shows. If you love this game also you will love this film and if you don't know much about it, you will get a good behind the scenes look at the game. The film is fulled with behind the scenes moments with the trainers, the jockeys, and various others who are involved in getting a thoroughbred ready for a race. I found the film both funny and because Barbaro is one of the horses featured, very sad at times. The film reminds us of the various characters involved in this sport. I found myself rooting for all 6 trainers and horses as the film went on (even though the ending is already well known). This is a very absorbing film.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and give it 4 stars !.

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If you can't catch it in a theatre the DVD will be out soon.

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