Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Josh Lucas, Jon Bernthal
Director: James Mangold (Logan)
Synopsis: Ford vs Ferrari starts off in a time period where young people were starting to earn money and buying less “family” type cars, they wanted something sexy and cool. While this was going on Ford continued to make somewhat outdated cars, this along with a failed attempt to buy Ferrari pushed Ford into proving they could make cars that could compete with Ferrari. This is where Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) steps in to help. Up until this time he was the only American to win Le Mans in France. Shelby teams up with loose cannon driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) to help build and race the ultimate Ford automobile and win Le Mans 24 Hour race, a race that Ferrari routinely won for years!
Review: I want to start off by saying this is the by far the best racing themed movie I have ever seen, Ford Vs Ferrari starts off strong with its two leading men Matt Damon and Christian Bale. The two of them have really great on screen chemistry and you can feel how invested both are in their roles, I would not be surprised if Christian Bale gets some Oscar chatter for his performance. He keeps you engaged and interested throughout the movie, including the actual driving scenes where you almost feel like you are in the car driving along with him. Throughout the movie, both Shelby and Miles are hindered by Ford’s higher up’s micromanaging and nearly sabotaging the team’s work. Mainly done by Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas), who from the very beginning of the movie has it out for Ken Miles because he isn’t “Ford” material. Rarely do you see Josh Lucas in this “weaselly” type role and I think he crushed it, you really leave the theatre disliking his character; taking it as far as to try and derail Ken Miles in his attempt to win the 24-Hour race at Le Mans! This movie is definitely carried by its cast and well shot, high speed drama throughout. A truly all-star cast pulled together to deliver a very good movie, breaking the mold for past attempts at the racing genre.
Favorite Scene: My favorite scene in the movie is when Ken Miles is leading the race at Le Mans after being told to slow down by Leo Beebe, this scene calls back to earlier in the movie where he was explaining to his son about the “perfect lap.” Ken puts everything aside and races the perfect lap and shatters the course record he had previously set in the race.
Recommendation: I highly recommend this movie, put aside some of that racing movie bias and go see this movie. It’s worth the price of admission!