Ford v Ferrari is written by the team of Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller and directed by James Mangold. Mangold has been on a hot streak, directing The Wolverine and Logan before helming Ford v Ferrari. He has managed to improve with each of his films and Ford v Ferrari is an exciting, tense, and emotional ride from start to finish. The film tells the true story of Henry Ford II’s quest to establish Ford Motor Company as a force in racing. Early in the film, Ford II tries to buy the entire Ferrari company before Enzo Ferrari insults Ford and declines. This motivates Ford II to push his employees to create a car that can beat Ferrari in a 24-hour race. Ford II enlists Carroll Shelby to help build the car and Shelby insists on volatile Ken Miles driving the car. Ford Motors is hesitant for Miles to drive the car, but Shelby pushes for him to remain the driver. Miles must learn to control his emotions or risk destroying both the car and Ford Motor Company’s chance of establishing itself as a force in the racing world.
Matt Damon and Christian Bale, who portray Shelby and Miles, respectively carry the film with beautiful performances. The acting across the board is top notch and Bale, in particular, turns in a performance that is Academy Award worthy. Ford v Ferrari seems as though it was lost in the shuffle during the awards season at the tail end of 2019 and early 2020 and didn’t receive nearly as much acclaim as other Oscar contenders. Ford v Ferrari was able to steal a couple of Academy Awards for Best Editing and Best Sound Editing, which were rightly deserved. The pacing of the film is perfect, and the race sequences are edited so tightly to keep viewers engaged and on the edge of their seats. The races are probably the best part of the movie as they were able to simultaneously serve as action set pieces and as character development for the main characters. Bale’s Ken Miles grows as a character the more he races and his development happening during action sequences is refreshing and makes every single scene feel crucial to the movie. Mangold was able to make a movie about car racing totally accessible and entertaining for someone like me, who knows absolutely nothing about cars. The building and racing of the car are simplified enough for general audiences and complex enough for car enthusiasts to not feel as though the subject matter is being dumbed down. It teeters on the line of simplicity and complexity, resulting in a movie about cars that everyone can enjoy, whether they know anything about cars or not. Mangold combined impressive action sequences with phenomenal acting for a final product that should be mentioned right up there with the best movies of 2019.
Release Date: November 15, 2019
Starring: Matt Damon and Christian Bale
Director: James Mangold
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Biography, Action
Runtime: 2 hours and 32 minutes
Official Website: @FordvFerrari
IMDB Page: @FordvFerrari
Wiki Page: @FordvFerrari
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