Henry Ford II, in an attempt to increase visibility and sales for the Ford Motor Company, had intentions of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Ferrari’s luxury Italian racer, the Scuderia Ferrari, when he is dramatically snubbed by Enzo Ferrari who walks out on their deal to instead sell the vehicle to Fiat. Ford, in a rage, pledges to beat the Ferrari with one of his own vehicles and hires Carrol Shelby, retired racer and race car designer, and Ken Miles, British racer and struggling mechanic, to build it.
Full of twists and turns, triumphs and defeats, this film was magnetic until the very end.
Shelby, who actually won the* 24 Hours of Le Mans* in 1959, was forced to retire from racing due to a dangerous heart condition but couldn’t leave the racing world entirely. He and Miles begin prototype work on the Ford GT40 Mk I and have it prepared for 1964 Le Mans. The car doesn’t even make it to the end of the race but does reach an intimidating 218mph before breaking down. Shelby and Miles fight to keep Ford appeased while they continue working on the next generation in preparation for the next race. Full of twists and turns, triumphs and defeats, this film was magnetic until the very end.
Biographical dramas can be a difficult terrain to navigate and director James Mangold proved to be up to the challenge. The smart directing paired with the tight, effective writing proved for an electric story and the acting only took it to the next level. Starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, this movie had everything going for it. The passion of this project oozes from the screen and this was certainly not missed by fans. The masses are clamoring for numerous Oscar nominations. Even those with little interest in cars or racing found the film engaging and emotional. This film is obviously not about cars. This film is about passion, friendship, and triumph.
The few complaints regarding this film involved historical inaccuracies and attenuated dangers of the sport. Some old-time fans of racing suggested they would have liked more tribute to the dangers of racing and perhaps more specifics regarding the mechanics of the races, the cars, etc. Fans also mentioned the shallow nature of some of the side characters. The cartoony and 2-dimensional nature of some of the characters surrounding Shelby and Miles distracted from the humanity of the situation and relationship between the two characters. However, it was a solid success overall and highly recommended across the board.
You can watch Ford v Ferrari online on HDFY website.