Ford v Ferrari Review: Matt Damon & Christian Bale starrer is an adrenaline rush even after the finish line

Ford v Ferrari Review: Matt Damon and Christian Bale's bromance is the heart of this thrilling wild ride called Ford v Ferrari, which speeds up to 7000 rpm, never slows down, and stays with us even after we have crossed the finish line.
Ford v Ferrari Review: Matt Damon & Christian Bale starrer is an adrenaline rush even after the finish lineFord v Ferrari is slated to release in India on November 15, 2019.
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Ford v Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari Director: James Mangold

Ford v Ferrari Cast: Matt Damon, Christian Bale

Ford v Ferrari Stars: 4/5

It's pouring rain, and the conditions are anything but flurry but for Miles, it's all about the need for speed. As you veer through lap after lap with Kenny, you're drawn more and more into what happens inside a race car instead of just the glitz of the outside. You're given a microscopic view to the unseen, and that's what sets Ford v Ferrari apart from the rest of the movies, based on the thrill of racing.

Ford v Ferrari is basically the outcome of two testosterone-driven companies - Ford and Ferrari - having a grudge match, of whose car is the fastest (no pun intended!) In between the ego-fest, we have acclaimed retired American racecar driver Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), who gets enlisted by Lee Lacocca (Jon Bernthal) under Ford, to come up with a car that could beat Ferrari at the dangerous 24 hour Le Mans in France. Carroll then enlists Ken Miles (Christian Bale), a British sports car engineer with a pension for driving fast cars. Together, we see Carroll and Ken tackle white-collar politics and intricate mechanical problems, to finally get the work done, i.e. bring Ferrari down hard. 

Christian is a knockout as the hot-headed Miles, whose character is the right balance between being a genius inside and outside an automobile, but never losing his path thanks to his well-grounded and appreciative family. Whether it be the fierce rush of the driving scenes where Bale does all the talking with his expressive face or even his tender moments with wife Mollie Miles (Caitriona Balfe) and son Peter Miles (Noah Jupe). On the other hand, the subtle act is left on the capable shoulders of one Matt Damon as Carroll, who proves yet again to be the dark horse of a well oiled machine. It's almost as if he's the newly built brakes to keep up the Ford GT40. Without him, the movie would lose its charm. Examples are when Shelby has a conversation with Henry Ford II (played profusely to a t by Tracy Letts) and talks back in a respectful manner of why Ken Miles is the only way to win the god damn race. Christian and Matt's bromance in Ford v Ferrari is the heart of the film and there's no doubt about that. As smooth as their chemistry is; they even make a scuffle on the streets with grocery products like a whole loaf of bread wildly entertaining. Bernthal as Lee and Josh Lucas as Leo Beebe are the perfect additions to an all-round supporting cast, who are given strong moments in between. 

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But what is Ford v Ferrari without its car? Careful consideration was given by the entire crew to showcase the brilliance of the history of both cars. Whether it be in terms of the cinematography by Phedon Papamichael or even the sound mixing between the vrooom of the engine and the 60's soundtrack to behest give us the feel of the fast times! It's almost like you're driving the car along with Miles as he takes up one obstacle over another. At no moment did the VFX kick in to make it feel fake and that's a huge testament to the work that went into building such a strong base. 

Director James Mangold, with the help of a crisp (in spite of a duration of 154 minutes) screenplay by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller churns out a knockout Oscar-baitish film that feels like a wonder rush at 7000 rpm. The brakes don't work for Ford v Ferrari but that's the adrenaline rush you feel well after you have crossed the finish line. 

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