First off, let me make it clear that I’m not a motorhead or even a car buff. I rarely watch car racing events on television. Having said that I have to admit I’ve enjoyed some movies that have covered the sport in the past. Leery of the mixed reviews for the Mr. Rogers movie, Cathryn and I took a chance on Ford v Ferrari. I say that because the trailers made the movie look goofy.
They say not to judge a book by it’s cover and the same holds true for movie titles. “They” were definitely right in this case. The story was easy to fall into with catchy tunes and upbeat music that brought more to life than roaring engines and squealing tires. The characters did seem a bit odd, but they were real people that had a profound impact on the production and racing of automobiles.
We get to meet characters like Henry Ford II, Enzo Ferrari, Carroll Shelby, and Ken Miles – the guy I never heard of, but portrayed expertly by Christian Bale. He and Matt Damon were a dynamic duo in this adrenalin-filled flick, that also examined the action and bureaucracy behind the scenes in the automotive and racing world.
The story is about how Ford wants to sell more cars and decides to enter the racing world to garner more attention and challenge world renowned Ferrari. They hire Shelby to get the job done but he has to fight Ford executives to use Miles, who he considers to be the world’s best driver.
Ford v Ferrari flowed well and kept me tapping my toes to the music. The special effects and race scenes were exciting and well done. Cathryn and I enjoyed the movie and both gave it scores of 10 out of 10. It was nice to see an action movie without a bloody and massive body count.