Basing on the title alone, you would think Ford v Ferrari is a film best enjoyed by only car and motorsports buffs. However, even those who aren’t well-versed in the motoring realm will be captured by the movie’s grit and thrill.
It’s more than the cars
Based on true events, Ford v Ferrari follows the story of renowned racing legend turned car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his friend and mechanical engineer Ken Miles (Christian Bale).
In the bigger picture, however, is the rivalry between Ford and, well, Ferrari. The American car company tried to buy out the Italian luxury car manufacturer to no avail. Displeased with the results, Henry Ford II poured money, time, and energy in building a car that can beat a Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which the latter won almost every year. Shelby and Miles are brought on board this pursuit. But it wasn’t a smooth ride.
Although the cars are directly in the spotlight, the men behind them cannot be ignored. Damon and Bale show off their acting chops respectively in their complicated roles. Their chemistry is astonishing and compelling. Although Bale’s Ken Miles was positioned as “difficult to work with,” he was one of (if not) the most likeable characters in the entire movie. Damon, on the other hand, exudes charm as Shelby.
It will keep you on your toes
For those of you who aren’t familiar, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a 24-hour racing event in France, which tests the endurance of both the drivers and the cars. If you’re looking for a film with gorgeous cars and thrilling races, Ford v Ferrari will fit the bill. Although it’s a two-hour-long flick, you’ll surely be kept awake with all the roaring engines. Motorsports fans will also get a kick out of the cars recreated for the film.
The movie excels at making the audience feel how grueling the lead up to the race and the 24-hour race itself is. Aside from the titular feud, there’s also a civil war happening. The movie portrays the power play between Shelby and Miles versus the Ford executives.
Great actors, gorgeous shots, compelling story, and exciting action. It’s a great movie that’s probably going to generate Oscar buzz.
Ford v Ferrari is now showing in cinemas nationwide.