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Ford v Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari:  Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and Ken Miles (Christian Bale) are racing friends. Carroll has since retired due to a heart condition and designs and sells cars; Ken works in an autobody shop, barely making ends meet and racing for little or no money on the side. He knows the heartbeat of a racecar like no one else. Ford approaches Shelby about making a racing car; their goal is to have one of their cars win one of the Grand Prix events of auto racing, the Le Mans in France. I really enjoyed this film. Bale and Damon are wonderful together and have great chemistry that really lifts the entire picture. Their battle against corporate manipulation and power plays is an important and fascinating (if sometimes infuriating) part of this story of how they finally got a Ford into the race. The story flows well and has a lot of racing sequences that drive great energy into the film. It makes for a thrilling ride that has a shocking ending that I did not expect (those who know racing may know how this one ended, but I won’t say!). Big thumbs up for a film that is highly entertaining and races you through to its grand finale. (2019; 4 Stars)


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