Most racing films are about rivals, but not about "Ford versus Ferrari." Despite its competitive title, it's actually the story of two friends, Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles (played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale). who teamed up with the Ford Motor Co. to beat Italian sports car designer Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans shortly thereafter because of a Pennertickers, so he turned to his best driver to develop the car and to command that would do the trick. Miles was more of a joker, a British tank commander who had survived World War II, but who became a daredevil racing driver and pushed his cars to the limit on the track. Miles once said, "I'd rather die in a race car than get eaten by cancer."
Before Miles found his unnatural end, he and Shelby wrote history. Watching Bale and Damon channeling these two speed freaks in all their grumpy, testosterone-splattering splendor is a reminder of how much fun Bale had in playing "The Fighter" a character akin to Mark Wahlberg. The best sports movies are & # 39; It's not so much about the sport as it is about the personalities, and these two are doing well with their performances ̵
If that sounds like a scream, what "Walk the Line" director James Mangold did with "Ford v Ferrari" will thrill you and bring the thrill of the sport Balancing scenes in which the two men behead their corporate overlords on how to do the job. However, this description also shows what is wrong with this film, in which Ferrari is far from enough to see, and the main conflict seems to lie between the dynamic racing duo and the American money bags they have hired.
In the end, Mangold and his three screenwriters – Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller – have made a film about how Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) wanted to buy a race title, and then nearly sabotaged him by writing involved his marketing department. Honestly, it's like a studio filmmaker, not a great storyteller, because such debacles happen in showbiz, but are of little concern to the people at home: the suits get involved and ruin the picture or throw a fortune on the Oscars. Campaign and spend their way to a statue that should have belonged to someone who deserves it.
Both companies, Ford and Ferrari, are injured when the movie begins. The American brand has problems attracting young buyers. Enter the Mustang – a beautiful set of wheels that Miles does not take seriously – and a bold plan to buy up the Italian sports car manufacturer. But Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone) does not do it and annoys Henry Ford II (the unsteady grandson of the assembly line genius) with harsh words about how he does business (the Italian cars are made by hand and sit in a class) of their own). Now his pride is in sight, and Ford, who in his introductory scene threatened to close his plant, is ready to give anything to break Ferrari's winning streak at Le Mans.
No racing lover needs to know where this David v. Goliath story goes – except that Ford does not play both roles in this equation? The company is by far the giant in this equation, but also gets the underdog status because it has never built a car that does a Ferrari the best. The first two years were a bankruptcy (one in the favorably compressed movie era), and yet the automaker has finally got something to show thanks to Shelby and Miles: the GT40 Mark I, which is fast enough to set speed records, even though it's not the race and the winner is.
The script makes it sound like those knowledge-free Ford bureaucrats – led by the small vice president Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas, who looks badly ruffled and cranky) given the reins of the racing program – they were against the hot-headed Miles to Le Mans and maybe they did, but in the version of the story the film presents, there is a little too much creative freedom. Miles went to Le Mans in 1965, where he lost to Ferrari, and only in 1966, the team began to win.
Although Mangold adjusts part of Shelby's 1959 Le Mans victory, Miles wins a non-Ferrari win. Ford sponsored race in Willow Springs to get the audience's taste off the ground. The only louder thing than the engines were the snoring sounds at Telluride's premiere. Maybe it was the formula family drama with Miles' wife Mollie (Caitrona Balfe) and son Peter (Noah Jupe), who bored the eager nap. In any case, they seemed to focus on the final stretch when Mangold's filmmaking impressed the most.
Still, in a high-gloss, big-screen rally, we're missing something that we get from reality, where there's a chance someone will crash and burn anytime, bringing some kind of pathological tension into the sport. Compare it to classic racing films – James Garner and Steve McQueen reportedly drove themselves in the "Grand Prix" (1966) and "Le Mans" (1970), as well as Tom Cruise 20 years later on the "Days of Thunder" – and "Ford v Ferrari" looks like "Cars" by Pixar or the "Speed Racer" by Wachowskis, although no CGI was used in these scenes.
This brings the attention back to the acting, in which the film is distinguished. Damon's role may not be so obvious, but he gets most fleshy confrontations, including one in which he locks Beebe in his office and takes Ford on a breakneck ride. Bale has lost the weight he has gained to play Dick Cheney in "Vice". Some scenes challenge him to use his whole body. At this moment, his movements are inaccurate, while others are playing on one face-Hidden from helmet and sunglasses, the embodiment of focus.
The real Miles sounded like David Niven and spoke with a polite, outspoken British accent, but that must be enough for his interpretation of the character to work. Bale sees Miles as a hothead, and the scene in which he throws Shelby a wrench is a guardian who is crowned only by the fight that erupts between them across the street from his house. The film ends in the same corner, energetic, but with two and a half hours of excess length, and yet we have covered the distance with this pair at this time. The race is not quite what you might expect, and this year Ford ended melancholic its factory program for the Le Mans GT, which was launched on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the events shown here.