Ford v Ferrari

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Ford v Ferrari delivers all the polished auto action audiences will expect -- and balances it with enough gripping human drama to satisfy non-racing enthusiasts.

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Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

Cast

Matt Damon
as Carroll Shelby
Christian Bale
as Ken Miles
Jon Bernthal
as Lee Iacocca
Caitriona Balfe
as Mollie Miles
Tracy Letts
as Henry Ford II
Josh Lucas
as Leo Beebe
Noah Jupe
as Peter Miles
Remo Girone
as Enzo Ferrari
Ray McKinnon
as Phil Remington
J.J. Feild
as Roy Lunn
Wyatt Nash
as Cool Young Buyer
Wallace Langham
as Dr. Granger
Hélène Cardona
as French Nun (voice)
Lachlan Buchanan
as Celebrity MC
Jack McMullen
as Charlie Agapiou
Rudolf Martin
as Dieter Voss
Gian Franco Tordi
as Gianni Agnelli Security
Paul Sparks
as Leo Beebe
Marisa Petroro
as Mrs. Henry Ford II
Corrado Invernizzi
as Franco Gozzi
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Critic Reviews for Ford v Ferrari

All Critics (257) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (237) | Rotten (20)

  • It's a far from perfect film, but a richly entertaining one, with a twist that only devoted petrolheads will know is coming.

    Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Ford v Ferrari takes the straightforward ethos of car racing-where the winner is whoever is the fastest-and lays bare the egotism and greed required for such a triumph.

    Nov 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Mangold takes Ford v. Ferrari out of the simple realm of the genre without entirely losing the vibe.

    Nov 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Even Henry Ford II gets the message here: Sometimes you have to go along with the ride.

    Nov 15, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • One of the best ensemble casts of the year, in one of the best movies ever made about auto racing.

    Nov 15, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Ford v Ferrari" is made the way Hollywood used to make them, a glorious throwback that combines a smart modern sensibility with the best of traditional storytelling.

    Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ford v Ferrari

  • 4d ago
    I don't care one lick about cars and I was greatly entertained by Ford vs. Ferrari, a thrilling look back where the gear-heads at Ford wanted to build a new model of racing car that could challenge the seemingly unbeatable Italians at the Le Mans raceway. The smartest move the movie makes is placing this as a character-driven story with a group of big personalities solving a puzzle and trying to prove the arrogant suits wrong. It has such winning elements that it's got crowd-pleaser DNA all over it, even if you'll likely predict every step of the story. Even if you know nothing about the history of racing and motor vehicles, you can suspect that designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) will, through grit and confidence and outside-the-box thinking, overcome their obstacles to win the 1966 Le Mans race. The movie even realizes this, and that's why the climax of the movie isn't whether or not Ford will triumph but on a very personal dilemma and choice. It's less about the mechanics of cars and more about simply solving problems with innovative solutions, and there's a great satisfaction in watching characters we care about get closer to solving a puzzle that has outwitted the masses. As the characters get excited, we get excited because the personal is what is felt most. Miles is an arrogant, disgraced driver that Ford doesn't want being the face of anything for the company. Shelby is trying to transition from being in a car to the head of a company, and he's the heat shield for his team, taking the corporate ire and laying more and more on the line for their experiments. Damon is great, and sounds uncannily like Tommy Lee Jones, but this is chiefly Bale's movie and he is fantastic. He once again just disappears into a character, this time the lanky, cocky, hard-driving family man, and the scenes with Miles' wife and son actually provide important dimension to all the participants. They aren't simply there to express concern or admiration. The screenplay by the Butterworth brothers (Edge of Tomorrow) and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher) have opened up these characters, their fear, anxieties, hopes, and dreams in a way that feels genuine and considerate. They hook us in with the characters early, so that the rest of the film serves as a series of payoffs for our investment. The racing sequences are thrilling as director James Mangold (Logan) has his camera career around the cars, placing the audience in the middle of the RPMs and feeling that immersive sense of speed. I never knew that the Le Mans race is 24 hours long, and the scene of these 1960s cars, with 1960s windshield wiper technology, driving in the rain and dark at 200 miles-per-hour is starkly terrifying. I still don't care much about cars or their history, but you present me engaging characters and Oscar-caliber performances to boot, and I'll watch those people anywhere. Ford vs. Ferrari is a bit long (150 minutes) but a well-crafted, potent crowd-pleaser with exhilarating racing and strong characters worthy of cheering. Nate's Grade: B+
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