Ford v. Ferrari tells the true story of ultimate car rivalry. Matt Damon stars as Carol Shelby, while Christian Bale plays Ken Miles, but they're actually on the same side. Shelby designs race cars for Ford and Miles drives Shelby's GT40. They take on the reigning champion of Le Mans Enzo Ferrari in the 1966 race.
Bale and Damon may team up to take Ferrari in the movie, but in the spirit of friendly competition, Showbiz Cheat Sheet Sheet Pit Damon v Bale to See Who Wins Ford v Ferrari. Spoilers for Ford v. Ferrari below.
Matt Damon builds the car, Christian Bale drives the car
There will be no Ford vs Ferrari without Carol Shelby building the GT40. Some of the most exciting scenes in the movie are when the crew make adjustments, try them and modify them again. Matt Damon directs these scenes both as a mentor and as an innovator.
However, the car itself is just an instrument. You still need a driver to navigate the race and operate the vehicle. Ken Miles is this driver and Christian Bale gets all the action-packed racing scenes. Bale can win this round.
Matt Damon is a team player, Christian Bale is a wild card
Ken Miles has never played the game or even practiced basic diplomacy. He is thrown out of the race early to contact an official. Ford executives don't like it, especially Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas) and it's good drama. He is the best, but it makes his bosses resent him.
Carol Shelby could hold the team together and keep the men happy. It's a very important skill to possess, but it's a lot more fun to watch Ken Miles get carried away. Another point for Christian Bale.
They actually fight in the movie
When Ken Miles is removed from the squad, his replacement driver loses, so Shelby returns with his tail between his legs. Miles does not accept Shelby's sympathetic apology and pops him in the nose. They fight on the ground and destroy a grocery bag.
It's hardly Batman vs. Bourne. These are not trained fighters and it is not a serious battle.
Matt Damon also has tricks up his sleeve.
Ken Miles informs everyone exactly what he thought. He kept no secrets and never bit his tongue. Carol Shelby had ways to mess with people when they didn't even know what hit them.
He had locked Leo Beeb in his office so he could spend time alone with Henry Ford II. He would throw nuts into the pit of the Ferrari crew, so they would think they had sent their car missing. Sometimes subtlety wins, so Matt Damon wins here.
And the winner is: Christian Bale
Christian Bale is the MVP of Ford vs. Ferrari even though, to be fair, he wins by the nose. He gets a funny showy character and he delivers. Supports Matt Damon in his reign to play the more reserved Carol Shelby.