James Mangold returns in the director’s chair following his massive hit Logan, which was a fantastic film, which was nominated for best-adapted screenplay at the academy awards and one of my favourite films of that year. And while I’m not a fan at all of Nascar races, I was intrigued because of the talent involved in front and behind the camera. Matt Damon and Christian Bale together was a great concept to me and this movie did not disappoint. It is absolutely fantastic.
Carol Shelby (Matt Damon) enlists the help of driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) so that Ford can beat Ferrari in the upcoming Le Mans 66 race. What follows is a beautiful movie about friendship, passions, and how one can fight in order to obtain what he wants and I thought it was incredibly beautiful.
The chemistry between Matt Damon and Christian is off the chart good. Both actors are phenomenal here and they deliver some of their best performances of their career. It’s so entertaining to see their back and forth and their friendship grows despite their differences and this is by far the most integral and aspect of the film’s plot.
While the racecars are all superbly fun and incredibly well directed, at its core what works about Ford V Ferrari is the dynamics between the characters. Do we really care that the president of Ford succeeds in beating the president of Ferreri in the race? Somewhat. It’s nicely set up at the beginning and both presidents have a reason for hating each other. But we care because we want Matt Damon and Christian Bale to win, which is the reason why we are so invested in the narrative of the film.
The ending of the movie, without giving anything away, is heartbreaking. It is truly moving and emotionally resonant and it deeply affected me. It is utterly fantastic and the movie works on every well. It will appeal to Nascar fans and racing car fans, but it will also appeal to fans of good movies in general. This movie isn’t just for one type of group of moviegoers, which is great. I’ve always said that it doesn’t matter what the movie is about as long as you have compelling characters and swift direction to back up the subject matter and Ford V Ferrari is no exception. There’s not much I didn’t like about this movie, to be honest. Christian Bale also has a nice relationship with his son, who gives a great child performance in the movie and is also really touching. Overall, Ford V Ferreri is driven by fantastic performances, amazing direction, a great script, and a compelling story.