Action Biography

The Need for Speed: A TIFF Review of ‘Ford v Ferrari’

September 12, 2019Ben MK

Ever since the invention of the automobile, man has been obsessed with going fast. But what is it about the quest to break speed records that we find so alluring? As Ford v Ferrari shows, there's nothing like a little healthy competition.

The year is 1966, and Enzo Ferrari and his Italian racing team are the ones to best at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Race in France. But if there's one man who wants the trophy more than Ferrari, it's Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts). Enlisting the help of retired racing champion Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), Ford sets out to make history by winning Le Mans with an American-made car. However, if Shelby is to succeed in helping Ford achieve his lofty dream, they're going to need the expertise of one man in particular — the talented but unorthodox Ken Miles (Christian Bale).

Directed by James Mangold, Ford v Ferrari delivers ample hi-octane racing action to satisfy even the most devoted car enthusiast. What makes this story so satisfying, however, is the sincerity and heart that both Damon and Bale bring to their portrayals of these unsung heroes.

Ford v Ferrari makes its international premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 2 hrs. 32 min.

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