Recently, my Rolex24 buddies and I had a reunion. Not in Daytona but in Brampton. We saw the movie: Ford vs. Ferrari. It was great! I’m very picky with racing movies. I loved Grand Prix; Lemans; Super Speedway (IMAX); and Rush! 2 thumbs up! Unfortunately I can’t say that about Days of Thunder, or Driven. 2 thumbs down for those 2 movies.
After the movie, we four analyzed the flick over wings ‘n beverages. We all felt it was entertaining and fairly accurate. There was a good balance of the story-line, humour, corporate issues, and action. The 2 1/2 hours goes by quickly. It was sound value for our entertainment dollars. Even non-Gearheads/Petrolheads should enjoy this true story.
I felt the production crew did a great job of period-correct items. Examples are background track bill boards (Bardahl, Cibie, Marchal, and Mintex brands). There were 2 1960’s Boeing 727’s. TWA, and PanAm at LAX, where Shelby’s original shop/factory was located.
The photography and sound were superb. Those ’60’s prototype racers are gorgeous!
Now to the acting. Matt Damon plays Carroll Shelby, and is good. Josh Lucas plays the #2 Ford man, Leo Bebee (Bebee is an unlikable and a corporate kiss-a**), very well. Christian Bale plays driver and builder Ken Miles. He should win an Academy Award! Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were initially cast but that fell through. I liked the final cast.
One thing I despise in all racing movies, is when the adversaries look at each other while at racing speeds. In the real racing world, you only have time to look forward or rearward in your mirrors. That was my only complaint with Ford vs. Ferrari.
I have not seen Patrick Dempsey’s (1 of the producers), “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” yet. It was partially filmed at Mosport. I hear it’s good.
I wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. Please don’t drink and drive.
I’ll return to Motoring next year.
Written by Larry Barnett