Film Review: Ford v Ferrari (Le Mans '66)
What the hell am I about to watch?
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.
Genre: Action, Drama, Biography
Running Time: 152 mins
Director: James Mangold
Staring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Budget: $97.6 million
Opening Weekend US: $31 million
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For starters in the UK, the film is called Le Mans '66. Like, imagine my surprise when I go to check in to watch the movie that it comes up as something else. So great start with a bit of confusion.
All in all, it was a decent film. I always enjoy watching a true story because I know there will be a couple of tears along the way, and you can't beat that. I cried twice, which is a good indicator of a drama and laughed a couple of times, so it kept me at the moment. Would I use this as a date night movie? Only if the other half was a real motor head or into racing otherwise may want to see the movie in a different setting.
The story follows Shelby and Miles along the journey of taking Ford to Le Mans in an attempt to beat Ferrari in a 24 drive-a-thon. A test of endurance both in watching the film and driving in circles. Not going to lie, there was a point where I was like okay, so the race is over, excellent ending point for the film. Nope. It kept ongoing. Don't get me wrong I like getting a lot for my dollars/pounds, but at a certain point enough is enough. For me, the film was about 30 minutes too long. I know why they needed the last bit. They needed to finish out Miles's journey through the film, but I could have googled what happened to him if I was truly invested.
Well developed characterization for Miles. I felt more a connection to him because we really learned about his family, background, and could understand the struggles of his life. The bromance between Miles and Shelby is truly what kept me going the entire time. To see the support of one another in both hight and low moments. Add the drive to help one another even when the big corporation is out to get them. The journey that Miles takes throughout the film was what led to the first round of tears.
Yeah.....not good. There were two women throughout the entire film that had more than a handful of lines. The first one is Mile's wife. So all her scenes were supporting her husband or her child. Granted, there was development on her character with the struggle of supporting her husband in such a high-risk job. She had no conversation with another woman or had a job that was outside the norms of female homemakers. Yeah, I know, Rhiannon, it was 1966 was do you expect. But still, do we really need her to go grocery shopping for ice cream or grabbing the boys a drink? The other female was an Italian translator. So pretty much a secretary. Way to go! (that's sarcasm, just FYI)
That's all great and thanks but the real deets now!
I always ask my sister. What level of pay would you see the movie? I would pay cinema prices for the film. No waiting on the RedBox or Netflix streaming for this one. It's worth the time (pee beforehand and don't drink a lot at the start) and money to view the film in a large screen format to feel like you are actually at the race with them.
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The film itself is beautifully shot on an Arri Alexa LF with Panavision C-, H- and T-Series Lenses (I love the Arri...) in Georgia and California. But really is there any film out there that isn't taking the great incentives of Georgia Film Commission.
Rhiannon viewed the film in 2D setting at Cineworld Rushden Lakes on 17 November 2019.