In 1966 Ford decided to build a car that would race against Ferrari’s at Le Mans in France. That story has now become a flesh and blood movie: Ford Vs. Ferrari.
Caroll Shelby (Matt Damon) was once a great racer until he was told by his doctor that he couldn’t drive and race ever again. Ken Miles (Christian Bale) has a passion for racing but likes to drive more than win. When Shelby sees Miles’ passion he decides to make him the designated driver for the new GT40. Through their different opinions and butting heads with each other, Shelby and Miles make an odd team that might just show the world what Ford is made of.
What makes this film great to watch: many elements that bring this true story to life.
Jez and John-Henry Butterworth along with Jason Keller’s script has enough intelligence that makes the dialogue smart and snappy. Phedon Papamichael’s cinematography shows the beauty and scope of its racing scenes during the film, The pace and flow of the movie makes its runtime a breeze to enjoy without ever making you look at your watch to see when it will be over. The score by Marco Beltrami blends in nicely as a great underscore to the character’s feelings and thoughts. James Mangold’s directing makes you care more about the characters than about the racing aspect to it. And finally the amazing and outstanding cast headed by Damon as Shelby and Bale as Miles ground the 2 men in ways you will feel and care for them from start to finish.
Don’t be surprised if it gets nominated at the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globes and Oscars. It’s certainly a crowd-pleasing movie you will feel happy that you saw and will want to see more than once, and also make you question why there aren’t many more dramatic movies about people in circumstances than blockbuster movies mostly dominating the box office to this day.
Office Rating: 9/10