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I saw this movie while on vacation in Florida. As a long time fan of Skeet Ulrich and a new fan of Christian Kane I was quite anxious to see them on the big screen. It is a great underdog story about not giving up in the face of adversity. If you watch the actual coverage from the 2009 Kentucky Derby, Mine That Bird and his owners were such long shots that their story was not even covered by the media. When Calvin Borel rode him to the surprise upset, they were tripping over themselves to get the story.
It was such a joy to see the journey of this crazy crew of underdogs and their quest to make at least a good showing at the Derby. To beat out the blue bloods was icing on the cake and made for a satisfying and exciting conclusion. One of my favorite parts is when they win, Mark Allen played by Christian Kane runs to the owner of the million dollar thoroughbred and asks him how to get to the winner's circle. The look on the mans face is priceless.
A bit of warning though, it is billed as a family film, but there is a bar fight in the beginning, quite a bit of drinking, and some cursing I did not expect, but they are rough and tumble cowboys so I guess I should have expected it. All in all it was a fun night at the movies and I highly recommend it for anyone 13 and over.
I am a big fan of Rich Mullins, I have all his albums, and have been to several of his concerts, so when I saw this movie I quickly bought it. I have to say for a man who wanted his legacy to be one of joy, this movie presented him in such a depressing way. I know he was a flawed man, a lot of his songs reflect his (and our) struggle with being like Christ and living for him, but the makers of this movie seemed to dwell so much on his flaws (was he an alcoholic?) that it took away from the joy he had in writing music, singing, ministering to children and teens and sharing the love of God with others.
The continuity was terrible, one minute he had short hair, the next he had long ugly, unkempt hair and that was a big distraction in watching this movie. In all the interviews and pictures I have ever seen him in, he never seemed to look as disheveled as the movie depicts him.
Yes some of his music was introspective and dark, but a lot of it was whimsical, joyful and hopeful like, Pictures in the Sky, and With the Wonder, and so many were truly inspiring like, If I Stand. I didn't know the man personally as did some of the contributors including his own brother, but from what I have read about him and seen of him in concerts and interviews, and just listening to his music, he deserved so much better than this sad depiction of his life.