You can’t argue with the stellar reviews Le Mans ‘66 (known in the US as Ford v Ferrari) has been getting - right now, it’s an impressive 88% fresh on RT 🍅. A mix of fancy-pants filmmaking and serious entertainment, here’s why you’ll want to catch it while you can.
THE ACTING IS TOP-NOTCHChristian Bale fully commits to the obsessive and eccentric racing driver Ken Miles while Matt Damon is his perfect accompaniment as the louche car-designer who’ll stop at nothing to win. Together they represent Ford Motor Company’s efforts to beat Ferrari on the racetrack - but only if Miles (Bale) will shut his mouth and let Carroll Shelby (Damon) “do [his] thing”.
Bantering and bickering their way through the film, you’ll find that the whole car thing is kind of secondary to their complicated but entertaining friendship. Damon and Bale even sounds like a double-act.
IT’S A CLASSIC UNDERDOG TALEInsomuch as a huge American corporation can be the underdog in a fight against a lithe, super-car outfit like Ferrari. But you know what we mean, right? Damon and Bale will have you rooting for them from the off.
IT’S MADE BY THE DIRECTOR OF LOGANAnd he made people care about a wolf-man with a titanium skeleton, so imagine what he can do with some actual real life history.
James Mangold has form in that arena too, though. He also directed Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. Also, Girl, Interrupted, 3:10 to Yuma, Identity... basically half of your DVD collection.
IT’S ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS
The 24 Hours of Le Mans race - yep, literally a 24 hour race - is often called the world’s most brutal endurance race, and the way the actual racing sequences are shot is supposed to be so thrilling that even the most ardent action-hater will have their heart in their mouth.
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