Ford v Ferrari has raced into cinemas retelling the amazing true story of one of automotive racing’s most well-storied rivalries. Directed by James Mangold and starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, the film recounts the events that led to Ford deciding to compete with Ferrari at the 24 Hours of LeMans in the late 60s.
The well-documented story itself already makes for a compelling tale of its own, but with Mangold in the driver’s seat of this vehicle along with the talents of both Damon and Bale, Ford v Ferrari emerges as a sport’s film that has a lot of heart.
Despite what the title of the movie says, the film isn’t so much about the two world’s biggest automotive brands but rather a story about the friendship between legendary automotive designer, Carroll Shelby (Damon) and British race car driver, Ken Miles (Bale), and how their partnership helped made the iconic Ford GT40 one of the most successful racing cars that ever raced in LeMans.
The story begins with a rivalry that starts between Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) and Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone), which forces the boss of the American company to task his personnel to create a racing machine formidable enough to compete with Ferrari at the world famous endurance race.
Marketing Executive, Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal) takes the lead and engages Shelby to spearhead the project that eventually leads to the creation of the GT40. The appealing factor though about this story is the true-life drama that takes place behind the scenes involving two pure racers in Shelby and Miles who have to contend with the politics and bureaucracy at the Ford Motor Company to see their vision true.
Eventually, the two men succeed in their personal mission but not without an insurmountable cost to their personal as well as professional lives. From start to finish, Ford v Ferrari gets you to ride shotgun on this captivating tale. Spearheaded by top notch directing by Mangold and the talents of the cast, especially Damon and Bale, along with amazing race scenes and sequences, Ford v Ferrari emerges as one of this year’s must-watch dramas.
Even if you’re not a petrol head or motorsport fan, you’ll find Ford v Ferrari to be an entertaining and fun watch that will warrant a second viewing some time down the road. For a true memorable experience, this one warrants a viewing on the big screen with the full extent of your attention.
Popcorn Rating: Sweet and Extremely Fresh