“[narration] There’s a point at 7,000 RPM where everything fades. The machine becomes weightless. It just disappears. All that’s left, a body moving through space and time. 7,000 RPM, that’s where you meet it. You feel it coming. It creeps up near you, and it asks you a question. The only question that really matters. Who are you? ” – Carroll Shelby
Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Dec 2019)
Brief Synopsis – In the 1950’s the Ford motor company chose a car manufacturer and a driver and backed them in making a car that would be able to beat the Ferrari motor company at the 24 hour Le Mans race and try to change the face of history.
My Take on it – This is another film that has received much hype during the recent award season and I was quite intrigued to see what it was all about.
The film’s story works really well due to the amazing chemistry between the two leads played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale.
Their characters have very diverse personalities yet when they put their heads together to tackle a problem, we get to see how the different strengths of each of them helps them complement one another as they attempt to change history.
This film has some exquisite racing scenes that are shot really well and make the viewer feel as if they are right there with the driver as they race around the track.
The run time of this film is slightly too long and at 2 and half hours longs, they should have trimmed it down a bit which might have made things feel even tighter.
They do a wonderful job showing the tension between the management and the racers and we get to see the waythat despite not seeing eye to eye on everything they each know that they need one another in order to succeed.
The problem is that they each feel that their path to that similar goal is the right decision which ends up causing much friction between these sides along their journey.
Bottom Line – Film that works really well largely due to the amazing chemistry between Damon and Bale. The characters are very different yet when they get together to try and accomplish something, its easy to see how their strengths complement one another on their journey to changing history. The racing scenes are shot exquisitely and make us feel as if we are right there with the characters on the racetrack. The film is a bit too long for its own good and would be even better if it was slightly shorter. The movie also does a great job of showing the tension between management and racers and how they never see eye to eye despite the fact that they ultimately have the same goal.. just different ways of trying to get there. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In preparation for his role, Christian Bale took race driving lessons at the Bondurant High Performance Driving School. As it happened, the founder of the school had been a friend of Ken Miles. So in addition to the driving, Bale also got to hear stories of the 1960s racing scene. Bale’s instructor and the film’s stunt coordinator,Robert Nagle later stated that, “he’s hands down the best actor I’ve ever trained.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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