Oscar Optimization 2020 (#7 of 9) Ford v. Ferrari (2019) – Encore Review


Since it’s been nearly a while since I watched most of the Oscar Best Picture Nominated movies, I decided to rewatch all 9 of them and reevaluate my thoughts on these films.  I am rewatching them in no particular order.  Here are my Optimized thoughts on Ford v. Ferrari (2019) :

“We’re lighter, we’re faster, and if that don’t work, we’re nastier.” – Carroll Shelby

Number of Times Seen – 2 (30 Dec 2019 and 5 Feb 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A race car designer and a top driver join forces with the Ford motor company in order to try and win the Le Mans 24 hour race against their rivals from the Ferrari car company.

My Take on it – I’ve never been the biggest fan of the sport of racing or even of movies depicting the sport, but this movie does a great job showing how the minds behind the team help make things more enjoyable to watch unfold.

They develop these characters so well and it allows the viewer to get a better understanding of the politics behind the sport along with the drive that these men have to win.

This movie is based on real events that showed how two great racing minds from different mindsets were able to come together and change the way the sport is perceived globally.

Both Matt Damon and Christian Bale are superb in their respective roles and allow us to care so much about what will happen to them along the way.

The movies does an amazing job shooting the racing scenes and makes the viewer feel as if they are on the curse right next to the driver going at top speeds.

Despite how enjoyable this film is, I’m still a bit baffled as to how it got an Oscar nomination for Best Picture since it clearly doesn’t have a powerful message like the rest of the 8 nominees.

Regardless, they still give us one Helluva ride here….

Bottom Line – Really enjoyable racing film that works even better due to the way that they develop the characters. This film shows how two great minds from different aspects of racing were able to come together to change the face of the sport in such a short time period. Damon and Bale are both amazing in these roles and allow us to care so much about what happens to them.  The racing scenes are shot in a very personal fashion which makes the viewer feel s if they are right there in the car with the driver going around the course at top speed. As good of a film as this is, I’m still a bit shocked that it got an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, because unlike the rest of the crop, this film doesn’t have a powerful message behind it.  Regardless, they give us one Hell of a ride here… Recommended!

Oscar Best Picture Worthy? – Not sure. Very good film, but fails to have a powerful message which would have helped make things even more enjoyable to watch.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Matt Damon and Christian Bale agreed that the brawl between their respective characters was the most fun scene to film. Both have experience of extensively choreographed fight scenes that take weeks to learn so it was a positive change that they only had to rehearse the brawl for twenty minutes and weren’t required to look lethal while doing it. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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