What a strange enigma of a film. Seabiscuit starts out absolutely terrible. The interweaving origins of the main characters is not edited well at all, to the point where I wondered more than once what was going on and even struggled to connect the dots from one actor playing Red to the next one. The voice-over was ham-handed and unnecessary. They even let Tobey Maguire do some of his signature obnoxious whining that I loathe so much. About 30 minutes in I was tempted to just give up on the film altogether. It was around this time that the horse first shows up, and something changed. The second act was interesting and I was actually following the narrative flow without difficulty. By the third act, Seabiscuit really hit its stride (pun intended.) I went from not caring one bit about the film to suddenly cheering and even crying at the end. I could not figure out how it managed to sneak up on me but between the script, the cinematography, and the score, somehow I was emotionally invested in this movie. It's definitely a schmaltzy ending that could have been plucked right out of a Disney film, but I was completely on board at that point. I can't forgive Seabiscuit for all the first act problems, but I almost want to watch it again now that I've seen the whole movie and see if those origin moments resonate more when I know the end of the story.