Well well well! This is the very first of its kind movie review by us at MotorWorldIndia. Please be mindful that we aren’t professional movie critics. We are true passionate motorheads and have shared our views on the movie and how it made us feel. It may be very different than the other reviews.
Based on a strangely true story from the 1960’s, the movie Ford v Ferrari revolves around two fascinating characters – the iconic Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the blunt and arrogant Brit – Ken Miles (Christian Bale) who is an exceptional race car driver just as he was an Officer in the British Army.
The plot is – the Ford Motor Company takes on a true challenge of creating a ‘perfect’ racing car – a vow by Henry Ford II to build his own race cars to crush the rather egotistical Enzo Ferrari. Ford Executive Lee Iococca gets Shelby to join this pursuit.
Shelby was a decorated race car driver himself but had hung his helmet and left his car racing days behind him due to a serious heart condition. He reached out to Miles, a speed demon and an engineer, and the duo get busy cranking up engines, hammering frames to build that perfect race car.
The chemistry between Matt Damon and Christian Bale is undeniable as both are shown as strong willed and determined gentlemen. Bale’s performance seems relaxed and endearing at the same time. Sarcasm is his weapon of choice. While Damon’s slightly lowered voice and cowboy hat gives him a true Texan vibe and makes him the one with more swag amongst the two.
Director James Mangold stayed true to the concept of making an enthralling racing movie which has all the elements to please the audience. The movie is filled with high speed race thrills, rubber burning and adrenaline rushes to satisfy all. A very grounded movie with intrinsic detailing on car designing, components, processes involved and races and wins of course.
All in all a visual treat with perfect amount of adrenaline rush, outstanding cinematography, brilliant lead performances, an excellent supporting cast with a real story of uncompromising corporate truths and true passion. Motorheads of all kinds will find this movie to be an absolute treat.
Words – Amit Shelar