Ford v Ferrari
Ford V Ferrari is an on the edge of your seat, white knuckle ride that puts you directly in the driver's seat at 220 miles an hour. This is masterful direction from James Mangold!
There's two main things that really work here. The race sequences are some of the best you'll see filmed. They are so completely immersing that it's impossible not to grab the cinema chair armrest for 50% of the film. It's not just the racing either. Everytime Ken Miles (Christian Bale) goes out to test these cars, it's a turbo charged thrill fest for the senses. You're right in the action, the camera work is very close and raw rather than panning shots of the track. Mangold just gets the thrill of the drive so spot on he's liable to turn any Sunday driver into a full blown petrol head.
The performances across the board are brilliant, and the chemistry between Bale and Damon is magnetic. I would be surprised if Bale doesn't garner another Oscar nod from this. He's yet again sensational, and it's great to see him, rarely, in a native British accent. Everyone is excellent in their selected roles. Jon Bernthal nails the Ford marketing man, Tracy Letts as Henry Ford the second, and a little special mention to Josh Lucas. He's so good you're really going to hate his character!
Weaved seamlessly into the war of racing is quite a beautiful tale of friendship, passion and good old fashioned hard work. This is another area Mangold succeeds in, by getting you to fall in love with the characters, you're totally invested in the outcome.
Car enthusiast or not, Ford V Ferrari demands to be seen on the biggest screen you can find. Just like a Shelby GT down the straight, the 2 and a half hours flies by. It's definitely cambered into my Top 10 of the year.
American car designer Carroll Shelby and the British-born driver Ken Miles work together to battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.