Ford v Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari ★★★½

Like the machines that pit together to race, Ford v Ferrari (or Le Mans ‘66 as it’s dubbed here) has been tinkered with and well oiled to move as slickly and well paced as a sports car. Careening around bends and shooting down straights with ease, with the audience fully in tow for a strong two and a half hours.

Starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon (both terrific with surprising chemistry) as two men with the enthusiasm to make history trapped in the midst of a commercial battle between the two large titular car manufacturers. The film sticks quite firmly to the facts, almost to it’s detriment, as it leaves no stone unturned yet also very little substantial left to the imagination. 

What it does succeed at is offering a mixture of spectacle brought forward by a zippy script. I’m a sucker for car films, and the physicality of capturing speed on film. Along with ear drumming sound design, it isn’t going to reinvent the wheel, but it sure looks good driving on it. Bale and Damon sell the film when the action needs to hit a pit stop, with Bale particularly lifting the film up where it struggles to manifest substantial weight to the action. It’s a crowd pleaser, but it’s a happy one time watch for me.

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