FORD v FERRARI – “Perhaps the racing movie to beat all racing movies”
James Mangold (Logan – 2017)
- Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby
- Christian Bale as Ken Miles
- Caitriona Balfe as Mollie Miles
- Jon Bernthal as Lee Iacocca
- Tracy Letts as Henry Ford II
- Josh Lucas as Leo Beebe
- Noah Jupe as Peter Miles
- Remo Girone as Enzo Ferrari
- Ray McKinnon as Phil Remington
Is based on true events
American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary vehicle for the Ford Motor Co. Together, they plan to compete against the race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
Ford v Ferrari is perhaps the racing movie to beat all racing movies! James Mangold has created a masterful work of race car cinema that combines heart pounding automobile action with gripping human drama. Yep, this true-to-life tale is one that will have you cheering in your seat one minute, and wiping away tears the next. In the A-list cast department, Matt Damon is effortlessly likeable as a retired hero racer, while Christian Bale is an all out wonder as a blue-collar car savant. The impeccable performances reach the supporting players as well, with Josh Lucas, Tracy Letts, and Jon Bernthal all showing off their acting muscles here. Bernthal is particularly enthralling as Lee Iacocca (a performance seemingly straight out of a Mad Men episode), proving he is perhaps one of the most underrated actors of our time. On the technical side of things, the editing, sound engineering, and camera work are all top notch. This is most evident in the many racing scenes we get, as they expertly put you right in the driver’s seat of a 1966 Ford GT40. And sure, while the movie can admittedly slog a bit by the end, the exhilaration and inspiration this film delivers, surely makes it one of the few must watches of the year. Buckle up and enjoy!