The Ford Mk IV GT40 is without a question one of the greatest motorsports legends of all time that transformed the way the world recognized American car racing. Harbored out of retaliation, it took off to take on the racing realm, making Ford the only American company in history to raise the chequered flag at the greatest arena of Le Mans in the 1960s. Sharp, thrilling and drenched with gasoline, James Mangold’s “Ford vs Ferrari” is meticulously detailed and directed, whacking 7000 rpm in theatres.
What engrosses the tale is a hodgepodge of the creatively enacted race sequences and a script by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller, which palliates the bitter rivalry between the two crucial motor corporations. The movie narrates an enterprise merger between Ford and then struggling sports car brand Ferrari gone wrong and the response of the haughty automotive titan Henry Ford II by building a car to crush Ferrari. Caroll Shelby was the American hero hired by Ford to avenge their pride. Shelby and his friend Ken Miles start tinkering with the GT40 redesigning the inlets and outlets, striving their way out of suited company executives and finally molding a masterpiece that beats Ferrari in its own game.
Staring academy award winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale, the movie is extremely powerful when it comes to latching together an expressive bromance between the characters. Bale’s on point Birmingham accent and his distinct mode of method acting combined with Damon’s natural style are worth noting. The early half of the movie runs at a sluggish pace but gains momentum in its second half until it crosses the finish line. It will not be a surprise if this movie contends for the Oscars. Whether you are a fan of racing or not, this is a portion of sport you must not skip in theaters.