Ford v. Ferrari is a thrilling car racing drama starring two of Hollywood’s leading actors, Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Director James Mangold chronicles the remarkable true story of the rivalry that took place in 1963 between two giant car manufacturers: Ford Motor Company and Ferrari.
In the early 60’s, Ferrari was unbeatable in the world of car racing. This is when Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) tried to buy out Ferrari to boost his company’s flagging sales. After intense negotiations, Enzo Ferrari backs out of the deal at the last minute, leaving Ford outraged. Insulted by the rebuff, Ford decides to build his own race car to beat the Italians at the world’s most prestigious car racing event: the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ford hires racing legend and car designer, Carroll Shelby (Damon) to create a winning sports car. Shelby knows it’s not just the car that wins the race; it’s also a skilled driver. So, he partners with his friend, Ken Miles (Bale), a hotheaded British sports car engineer and an exceptional driver. Together, Shelby and Miles battle corporate interference, and challenge laws of physics to build America’s greatest race car: the GT40.
Damon and Bale’s captivating performance and their onscreen chemistry is outstanding, while Tracy Letts is brilliant as Henry Ford II. The film also stars Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe, Jon Bernthal and Josh Lucas.
Distributed by 20th Century Fox, Ford v Ferrari received rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival. It is a thoroughly entertaining Hollywood crowd pleaser with a budget close to a $100 million. Although I’m not a car racing fan, the exhilarating racing sequences kept me on the edge of my seat, especially in the film’s final 30 minutes, when Bale fearlessly tears around the racetrack. Ford v Ferrari opens in theaters on November 15th. -