On the verge of depravity, Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal) offered a difficult idea for executives to accept. The predicate of Ford Motor Company is now the worst company. The owner of Ford, Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts), only has to choose two choices. Is working with Enzo Ferrari, the owner of Ferrari, or looking for two experts in racing and mechanic? A legendary journey about the automotive world yet intrigue begins in 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s the most recognized prestigious racing event in automotive history. However, Ford had to deal with Ferrari first.
An American name comes to people’s minds when thinking about the automotive world. He is Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) who had made Ferrari thought hard to win the race. However, due to marathon racing, he could no longer be in the race of horsepower cars. Elsewhere, there is a British mechanic, Ken Miles (Christian Bale). He likes to join the amateur race just for fun. However, at the same time, these two people have the same destiny, which is above the speed of 7,000 rpm. Thanks to Iacocca, they both intervened in rescuing Ford and defeating Ferrari.
Think of your favorite things about automotive. Honestly, I don’t know anything about automotive especially when it comes to talking about Enzo Ferrari, Henry Ford, or Ferruccio Lamborghini. However, I know a few of the famous car brands in the film thanks to the video game I played as a kid. For James Mangold, it’s hard to attract a lot of attention from the mainstream audience. Especially when you don’t know anything about automotive, you screw up. But, Mangold has an interesting power in directing this biopic drama. Whether you are a fan of automotive or not, this film flows straightforwardly and agile without having to grow anything excessive.
I don’t know anything about James Mangold except “Identity“. It’s a decent mystery thriller movie yet doesn’t seem to work for me well. But, it’s a movie where when you watch it, you get lots of answers. Most of his notable works, other than “Identity”, including “Walk the Line”, “3:10 to Yuma”, “The Wolverine”, and “Logan”. In ‘Ford v Ferrari “, regardless of a misunderstanding title, Mangold divides all plots neatly. The exposition is enough in the first act, the second act is clear, and the pay-off in the final act is great. Although this is another cookie-cutter of biopic that doesn’t seem new, watching this film in the cinema feels different. If only I watched it at home, I wouldn’t be able to feel how this movie feels like you feel inside a car with a speed of 7,000 rpm.
“Ford v Ferrari”, as a biopic, doesn’t focus much on the audience’s view of just who to say. All of the characters, besides Miles and Shelby, are just one-dimensional characters without any development and why. This movie doesn’t care about who the main character is. You think this is a performance about a cool speed race between Ford and Ferrari. But, it’s not the case. Christian Bale as Ken Miles may not be the main character and maybe he was the main character. We don’t know who and neither does Matt Damon as Caroll Shelby. It’s like both of them are at the center of this biopic, not anyone.
Christian Bale, as a legendary racer from England, always appears to try his best in every film he stars. He is one of the greatest method actors ever besides Daniel Day-Lewis and Joaquin Phoenix. He also had to lose weight after his role as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice“. Bale also had to take the driving lesson to complete his character as a real person. The figure of Ken Miles in this film is idealistic. He spoke without further ado with his thick yet comical English accent. And it’s a living dream to see Bale and Damon in one frame. The chemistry between the two is one of the interesting keys in this movie. It’s strong, totality, and full of diversity. Bale as an arrogant and Damon as a doubter.
Each of the shots is magnificent and for an action biopic, it’s hard to find films like this again. From James Mangold and the editor, they all worked hard so that continuity always ran smoothly. Each continuity shot is shot in every detail. They must see repeatedly whether an error occurs or not. In addition to the continuity, they must remain consistent with the set and the weather. As a result, you see them reproducing the Le Mans circuit in various locations. Just as simple as adjusting the clocks, everything is so detailed.
To conclude, you don’t need to be a car person to appreciate this biopic action drama named “Ford v Ferrari”. This film seems to revive what is missing in the cinema. Cinema is everything and you can create a fun spectacle with great conventional work. This movie isn’t in its zone because this movie doesn’t play safe. It’s not an old standard mainstream movie and maybe, the mainstream audience doesn’t like this film. So, watch this in cinema and feel that bloody hell horsepower.
3.5 out of 5 stars.