Ford v Ferrari (2019)

American car designer Carroll Shelby and the British-born driver Ken Miles work together to battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

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Reviewed on December 3, 2019 by Jon Kaye

Summary

Rated PG-13, Action, Biography, Drama, 152 Minutes


Certain to be one of the classic racing movies, this effort is a very entertaining biopic of Lee Iacocca getting Carroll Shelby (and via Carroll, Ken Miles) to design and build the Ford GT40 in the mid-sixties to challenge Ferrari's grip on the race track circuit. The camerawork, the acting, the script, all become one as we watch the result of all of the efforts the cast and crew went through to bring us this exciting feature.  Little noticed will be many of the sons of the racers in the sixties are driving the cars we see in the movie.  Also, the cars in the movie are continuation cars, not replicas or special effect items, but real cars (https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-11-07/those-classic-shelby-race-cars-in-ford-v-ferrari-arent-what-they-seem).

The cars in the movie are the same cars raced in the mid-sixties, they were just manufactured more recently but are exactly the same.  In spite of that, they had to hold up to a grueling film schedule of going at speeds in excess of 200 miles an hour for extended periods of time.
also note, Enzo Ferrari was referred to as The Assassin as he lost the lives of so many of his drivers.  The cars, all of them, went fast but braking technology was nothing compared to current cars performance and race car drivers were dying on average of one a week.

This movie just flies by in no time and you feel as if you are in the car with the driver.

What I Liked
  • Wonderful cinematography
  • Strong acting
  • Solid script
  • Wonderfully entertaining
What I Didn’t
  • Time raced by too fast
  • I just want more; the movie was so good and gripping