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Ford v Ferrari (2019)

Director:
James Mangold
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Sports/Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Ford v Ferrari

RUNNING TIME
152 minutes

RELEASED BY
20th Century Fox
Producer:
Peter Chernin
Jenno Topping
James Mangold

Screenwriter:
Jez Butterworth
John-Henry Butterworth
Jason Keller


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING

Ken Miles

Christian Bale

Carroll Shelby

Matt Damon
Lee Iacocca Jon Bernthal

Mollie Miles

Caitriona Balfe

Honry Ford II

Tracy Letts
Leo Beebe Josh Lucas
Peter Miles Noah Jupe
Enzo Ferrari Remo Girone
Phil Remington Ray McKinnon
Roy Lunn JJ Feild
Charlie Agapiou Jack McMullen
Gianni Agnelli Giovanni Cirfiera
Bruce McLaren Benjamin Rigby
Denny Hulme Ben Collins
Lorenzo Bandini Francesco Bauco

 

Review

James Mangold (Cop Land, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma) is the director behind this atmospheric and exhilarating movie centered around the 1966 Le Mans race in which Ford for the first time managed to dethrone Ferrari, thanks in large to driver and mechanic Ken Miles (Christian Bale) and car builder Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon). Mangold chooses a classical sports film structure slash classical biopic structure, and his solid craftmanship makes this a succesful merger. The film builds characters and relations patiently before ejecting us into a fast-paced finale which really gives us the feel for the mechanisms of racing and life in the cockpit. It should be mentioned that Ford v Ferrari has an element of simplification and bad guys vs. good guys which feels unnecessary in an otherwise brilliant production, but thanks to Christian Bale's pure, impeccable performance, we somehow feel that whatever world-view presented must just have been the way it was. With his unique ability to embrace his character completely, in everything from dialect to mannerisms, Bale makes Ken Bates an irresistible character, despite his brashness and peculiarities. It's an award-worthy performance, had it not been for the fact that he's up against Joaquin Phoenix' Joker this year.

Copyright 07.02.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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