'Ford v Ferrari' Review
Ford v Ferrari is a 2019 American sports drama film directed by James Mangold and written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller. It stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, with Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon in supporting roles.
American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary vehicle for the Ford Motor Co. Together, they plan to compete against the race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
Ford v Ferrari is hands down one of the best films of the year. This film really snuck up on me. I wasn't expecting much from it even with the talent attached. I love Christian Bale and Matt Damon, and I really like James Mangold, but this film still flew under my radar.
After watching it though I have to say I loved it. Ford v Ferrari blew me away, and surpassed all of my expectations. It's a funny film that's genuinely entertaining to watch with a great heartwarming story.
This film really felt like Rocky with cars in all the good ways. It was an underdog story that put a huge emphases on characters , and the characters were great. Bale and Damon's friendship carried this film, and the relationship Bale had with his family particularly with his son just elevated it to another level. This was just such a feel good film.
The action was also great. James Mangold did an amazing job directing, especially with the racing scenes. They were beautifully crafted, yet so thrilling to watch.
I really don't have anything negative to say about this film. There were a couple of moments that were a little boring at times, but the characters were so good and the story was crafted so well that even during those less than exciting moments it still managed to keep me interested. This film was a little on the long side at a little under 2 hours and 30 minutes, but to me it really didn't feel that long.
Honestly Ford v Ferrari is one of the best films of the year, and it's one of the five most entertaining (non comic book) films I've seen all year. This film was crafted so well. I wish Hollywood would make more films like this. I wish studios would put big budgets in films that cared more about telling a great story than making money.
This film checked all the boxes, exceeded all my expectations, and it's all-around a great that I loved. Ford v Ferrari truly is a great film.
The acting was amazing. Christian Bale poured his soul into this role, and like always he was nothing short of amazing. Even after career defining roles the man still surprises me.
Matt Damon was also very good. He also had great chemistry with Bale, and their friendship felt so genuine and real. The entire cast did a phenomenal job. There wasn't a single person that didn't being their A game. You'll hear no complaints about the cast from me.
This film had a very simple story, yet it was done so well. I'm not a big car guy, but I still completely understood the film. At it's core it's a simple story about two men trying their hardest to achieve a goal despite all the obstacles in front of them.
I wasn't the most familiar with the actual true story and I don't know how historically accurate it is, but this film really hit all the notes it was supposed to. Those great moments of triumph were beautiful, and those devastating moments of defeat were tragic. This film also didn't shy away from sadder side of the story. It left everything on the table in a beautiful way.
The film had a great story.
Ford v Ferrari is without a doubt one of the best films of the year. It had a great story with amazing acting and phenomenal directing. This film was beautiful to watch, both visually and emotionally.
I really don't have anything negative to say about it. I loved it through and through. Ford v Ferrari is nothing short of amazing.
© 2019 Royce Proctor