Ford v Ferrari Movie Review
THE WOODLANDS, TX --
Despite its title, Ford v Ferrari is a film for all, even those less affluent in car vernacular. Set in 1966, the film showcases the fight for speed in that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is arguably one of the most distinguished automobile races in the world.
When Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) is rejected and insulted by Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone), he decides to wage war against the luxury sports car manufacturer. In his quest to prove that Ford Motor Company can build a car that is not only faster than Ferrari, but also durable enough to last 24 hours on the course, he recruits Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), who won Le Mans in 1959 before he was forced to retire from the sport due to hypertension.
Shelby makes it clear that the capability of the car itself doesn’t matter if there isn’t a driver seasoned enough to handle it. That’s where Ken Miles (Christian Bale) comes in, a racecar driver and mechanic covered in castor oil, who is as stubborn as he is dedicated to win. It’s a role in which a gaunt Christian Bale is barely recognizable.
The performances by Damon, Bale, and antagonist Josh Lucas, are powerful and convincing. They pull a spectrum of emotion out of viewers, from thrilled and despondent, to downright frustrated and ready for vengeance.
The realistic CGI’s ability to take moviegoers out of their seat and onto the racetrack is as exhilarating as it is terrifying, giving an appreciation to the danger and difficulty of the sport.
Directed by James Mangold, Ford v Ferrari takes those who know nothing of the racing world (and likely don’t care to) from not interested to novice in two and a half hours.