Most racing movies are about rivals, but not so much Ford vs. Ferrari, which despite its competition-oriented title, is actually the story of two friends, Carol Shelby and Ken Miles (played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale) has partnered with Ford Motor Co. to beat Italian sports car designer Enzo Ferrari in Le Mans 24 Hours. Shelby had defeated Ferrari once before, winning the Le Mans in 1959 at the wheel of Aston Martin, but was called shortly thereafter for an uneven ticker, so he turned to his best driver to develop and command a car. that will accomplish the feat. Rather, he was a Wild Card, a British tank commander who had survived World War II but continued to be a daredevil racer, pushing his cars to the far end of the track. Once, Miles said, "I'd rather die in a race car than be eaten by cancer."
Before Miles met his unnatural end, he and Shelby made history. Watching Bale and Damon channel these two ugly speeds in all their grim, testosterone glory is a reminder of how much fun it was to watch Bale play a similar character against Mark Wahlberg in "The Fighter." The best sports movies aren't so much about sports as far as personalities go, these two diverge from their performances ̵
If that sounds like a hook, then what the director of "Walk the Line" James Mangold did with Ford vs. Ferrari will surprise you by balancing the burnt rubber thrill in sports with scenes where the two men stumble upon corporate masters on how to get the job done. But this description also reveals what's wrong with this movie, in which Ferrari doesn't perform nearly enough, and the main conflict seems to be between the dynamic racing duo and the American bags of money that rent them.
In the end, Mangold and his three screenwriters – Jaz Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller – made a movie about Henry Ford II (Tracy Lets) getting into a racing title and then almost sabotaging him joined his marketing department. Honestly, this is thinking as a studio director and not a great storyteller, since such debates happen all the time in show business, but they hardly matter to people at home: Costumes get involved and ruin the picture or otherwise throw a fortune in the campaign for Oscar, on his way to a statue that should go to someone worthy.
Both companies, Ford and Ferrari, get hurt when the movie opens. The US brand has problems attracting young buyers. Enter the Mustang – a beautiful set of wheels that Miles doesn't take seriously – and a bold buyout plan from the Italian sports car maker. But Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone) does not do what upsets Henry Ford II (the precarious grandson of the assembly genius) with rude words about doing business (Italian cars are made by hand and sit in a class of their own). Now his pride is on the line, and Ford, who has threatened to close his factory in the opening scene, is ready to spend what it takes to break the winning Ferrari series at Le Mans.
One does not have to be a fashion competitor to know where this David vs. Goliath story is headed – except in this equation, does Ford not play both roles? The company is far from the behemoth in this equation, but it also receives underdog status as it has never created a car that could be the best Ferrari ever. The first two years were a bust (one at a convenient compression time for movies) and yet, thanks to the efforts of Shelby and Miles, the carmaker finally has something to show for it: the GT40 Mark I, which is fast enough for Set speed records even though he did not win the race.
The script sounds like those who know nothing – Ford bureaucrats – led by petty Vice President Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas, who looks dishonest and disingenuous). given the reins of the race program – they were against sending the inflamed Miles to Le Mans, and maybe they were, but there is little over-creative license to the game in the story version the film presents. Miles went to Le Mans in 1965, where he lost to Ferrari, and it wasn't until 1966 that the team started winning.
Although Mangold creates sections from Shelby's 1959 victory, Le Mans and Miles wins a non-Ford sponsored race at Willow Springs to arouse the appetite of the audience from the beginning, the only thing more strong from the engines were the snores of the Teluride movie premiere. Perhaps everything from the family drama of the formula with Miles Molly's wife (Kaytrona Balfe) and son Peter (Noah Joupe) made those overheard naps boring. In any case, they seemed to be sitting in the final stretch when Mangold's filmmaking made the biggest impression.
However, something is missing from the shiny big-screen rally that we get from the real thing, where the ability to crash and burn at any time provides a kind of painful strain to the sport. Compare it to classic racing films – James Garner and Steve McQueen reportedly did their own driving in the Grand Prix (1966) and Le Mans (1970) respectively, and Tom Cruise 20 years later in Days of thunder "- and" Ford vs. Ferrari "looks like Pixar's" Cars "or" Wachowski Speed Race ", despite the fact that no CGI was used during those scenes.
This brings back the attention to an acting role in which the film is distinguished, Damon's role may not be as flashy, but he gets most of the soft confrontations, including the one in which he locks Beebe in his office and takes Ford on a drive on the top. Bale has thrown the weight he has accumulated to play Dick Cheney in The vice, working with the fact that some scenes urge him to use his entire body, at this point there is clowning to his movements, while others play half-face – hidden from helmet and sunglasses, personification of focus.
True Miles sounded like David Niven and spoke with a polite, distinctive British accent, but that should happen to his interpretation of the character. Bale sees Miles as a hothead, and the scene where he throws a spanner at Shelby is a guard, led only by a duel that erupts between them across the street from his house. The film ends at the same angle, energetic but lasting two and a half hours, and yet, we have walked the distance with this couple during this time. The race is not going as well as you might expect, and in a melancholy twist earlier this year, Ford discontinued its Le Mans GT factory program, launched on the 50th anniversary of the events shown here.