Director: James Mangold
Writers: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller
Cast: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe
Ford v Ferrari is a racing movie directed by James Mangold (director of one of my favorite superhero movies “Logan”) and tells the incredible true story of Ford taking on Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Matt Damon plays Carroll Shelby, a retired race car driver turned automotive designer that is hired by Ford to help them build a car meant to beat Ferrari at Le Mans. Shelby enlists the help of Ken Miles (Christian Bale), a hot-tempered British professional race car driver. Together, they set out to build a car to challenge Ferrari at the 24 hours racing event.
Let me start by saying, watching this movie was one of the most entertaining theater experiences I’ve had in the last couple of years. For a lengthy runtime of 2h 32m, the movie rarely drags. The pacing is excellent, keeping me at the edge of my seat for most of the movie. The racing sequences were executed and filmed perfectly, and watching them in IMAX was absolutely exhilarating. Although the racing sequences were my favorite parts of the movie, I also really enjoyed the plot outside the racing tracks. The relationship between Miles and his family and the tension between Shelby and Ford were very interesting to follow and kept me engaged with the movie between the races.
Whether it was the main or supporting cast, the performances in the movie were top-notch. Damon and Bale were excellent as always, and their interactions were a joy to watch. Bale brings some much needed humour throughout the movie, and he proves once again that he truly is a master of his craft. Jon Bernthal (Lee Iacocca), Tracy Letts (Henry Ford II), and Josh Lucas (Leo Beebe) all gave great performances as the Ford executive team, particularly Lucas, who really managed to make me strongly dislike him. Caitriona Balfe (Mollie Miles, Ken’s wife) and Noah Jupe (Peter Miles, Ken’s son) were also excellent in this movie as they both played crucial roles in Ken Miles’ character progression throughout the movie.
Overall, Ford v Ferrari is an absolute roller coaster ride from start to finish. The movie is packed with so much entertainment that you won’t feel its lengthy runtime pass. The performances from Damon and Bale are exceptional (as can be expected from these two), and their on screen interactions are often hilarious. If you enjoy fast paced movies or racing movies for that matter, then I highly recommend you check out Ford v Ferrari!
Star Rating: (9 / 10)
Have you had a chance to check out Ford v Ferrari? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Let me know in the comments below!