Ford V Ferrari Review: One of the best biopics of 2019

Ford V Ferrari Review
Ford V Ferrari Review: One of the best biopics of 2019 Darryl Linington
Entertainment Factor
Absolutely Incredible
User Rating: 10 (2 votes)

What’s it about: In 1959, Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) is on top of the world after winning the most difficult race in all of motorsport, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But his greatest triumph is followed quickly by a crushing blow—the fearless Texan is told by doctors that a grave heart condition will prevent him from ever racing again. Endlessly resourceful, Shelby reinvents himself as a car designer and salesman working out of a warehouse space in Venice Beach with a team of engineers and mechanics that includes hot-tempered test driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale). A champion British race car driver and a devoted family man, Miles is brilliant behind the wheel, but he’s also blunt, arrogant and unwilling to compromise.

After Shelby vehicles make a strong showing at Le Mans against Italy’s venerable Enzo Ferrari, Ford Motor Company recruits the firebrand visionary to design the ultimate race car, a machine that can beat even Ferrari on the unforgiving French track. Determined to succeed against overwhelming odds, Shelby, Miles and their ragtag crew battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to develop a revolutionary vehicle that will outshine every competitor. But their tireless efforts take a toll—for these bold men, victory comes at a price.

The Crit: Ford V Ferrari is hands down one of the best biopics I have seen in 2019. It’s an absolute must-watch for any fan of the racing scene and especially those who watch the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, Le Mans 24 hour races.

While I have never been the biggest Christian Bale fan, I will admit that after watching Ford V Ferrari, I have certainly changed my mind. This is due to Christian Bale and Matt Damon pulling off an absolutely stellar performance. Both Bale and Damon have phenomenal onscreen chemistry that allows both actors to portray their characters in a natural and charming way.

While the acting is certainly phenomenal, so are the cars. The Ken Miles GT40 is as close as you will get to the original car from Le Mans in 1966 and the easily recognisable Slab Side Cobra is a superbly built recreation of the original American powered European sports car.

With a superb performance from both Bale and Damon and a plethora of gorgeous cars and visuals, Ford V Ferrari is an absolutely amazing film that is well-deserving of every single bit of praise it has received.

Whether you are a racing fan or not, Ford V Ferrari is quite honestly worth a watch. It’s incredible in every aspect from acting, pacing and entertainment value.

By: Darryl Linington
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