Ford v Ferrari – Movie Review

A movie review written by Lee Sonogan

2h32min (2019) Action, Biography, Drama

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Carroll Shelby: [narration] There’s a point at 7,000 RPM… where everything fades. The machine becomes weightless. Just disappears. And all that’s left is a body moving through space and time. 7,000 RPM. That’s where you meet it. You feel it coming. It creeps up on you, close in your ear. Asks you a question. The only question that matters. Who are you?

I know a very limited amount of the history of vehicle racing of over 50 years ago. Honestly, I have zero interest in watching this performance driving as I find it quite boring. Christain Bale and Matt Damon dramatic acting plus realistic effects got me interested, just finishing it, the bulky film contains history told in a fun way while being simple enough for anyone to understand.

The cinematography of the time period was dead on with all old vehicles looking polished. Passion at the Herny Ford factory leads to all sorts of competitive natured stakes as they develop a car to rival a Ferrari. The most memorable parts are the racing scenes as they are accompanied by an epic choice in the soundtrack.

Similar to a sports movie the emotional development may seem sad although empower the main characters to be engaging. Beating my expectations, that was a linear story flowing around a circular track. The delivery is powerful and emphasizes the key moments of acts one to three. my favourite section was at the ending with the final race being an edge of your seat experience.

Henry Ford II: In 1899, my grandfather, Henry ‘By God’ Ford, was walking home from Edison Illumination after working a double shift. He was ruminating. That morning, he had himself an idea that changed the world. Sixty-five years, and 47 million automobiles later, what shall be his legacy? Getting it in the tail pipe from a Chevy Impala.


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