Ford v Ferrari (2019)

Ford v Ferrari

Title: Ford v Ferrari

Year: 2019

Genre: Action| Biography| Drama|

Runtime: 152 min

Director: James Mangold

Starring:  Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal

imdb 8,3/10

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.


This film doesn’t hold back in speed and drama about the race in Le Man in 1966. A 24-hours race that Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby gets involved in and are very familiar with. Characters that you’ll spend time over 150 minutes with. A fast, speedy and comedic drama about relationships and pride in this biographic-drama.

The last film this director, James Mangold, made was LoganThe final film of the X-Men series with Wolverine and probably the most honest and best one too. With that in mind, we know he shouldn’t disappoint us with this kind of movie. And he doesn’t either. He invites immediately into the racing world of the ’60s. In a fast-driving way that makes your heart beat fast and your eyes turn inside out. Adrenaline pumping all together from the start.   

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We’re already aware of the spontaneity and flexibility that Christian Bale provides from every role he takes on. He is deadly serious about his work and has a strict way as well with the diet. As a result, he is often chosen to play the more eccentric characters. Those that can be hard and rude or have a type of way that isn’t considering available for others in his character environment. With a weird British accent, that I’m haven’t heard before from him, he takes on his character as very calm and some time chills. Even though he yells several times and is pissed off, he is often explained as severe with this movie showcases. Matt Damon probably does one of his best performances in a leading role such as Shelby. He has the command and can give a helpful comment when needed and might be fun as well. 

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But as the cast is fitting and robust, you’ve two companies that are continuously competing against each other – Ford and Ferrari. Ford is the calmer, family business. The low-key but as with Ferrari, it’s industrialists and Italian. It’s like the mob, just like it’s mentioned in the film.

The strong part of the movie, the brilliant film, is the directing from Mangold that doesn’t just have a definite type of character that can deliver their lines and reaction in the right way but also make the audience feel the adrenaline and anger and sadness together with the characters. Mangold makes you feel like you’re driving the racing-car, making a connection with his family and friends, and get angry and businessmen that make everything personal. But how? It’s because this movie, unlike so many other movies these days it allows everything to evolve to breath. Let the scene have its moment. Nothing rushed, and nothing is slowing down.

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The editing is top-notch beside some parts with great music and costume design. You got to remember that this is a biographic movie. It shares a reflection on the modern motor industry, where corporate money plays a big deal in it. As the movie progress, you get to know deeply about these characters, but as the story doesn’t add up as it has a long build-up, it’s the experience that the audience cheering the movie for. At the end of the film, there was something with audio that fails but might have been something else too.

Bale and Damon give excellent performance, and it deserves to land big on the box-office. A movie worth watching in the cinema.


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