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This weekend, “Ford v Ferrari” released in theaters and I had the pleasure of viewing it. It has been on my watchlist since I first saw the trailer, and I’m pleased to say that it didn’t disappoint. This movie is a non-stop thrill ride and is everything you could want from blockbuster entertainment. 

The film centers around car designer Carroll Shelby and car driver Ken Miles on their journey to develop a vehicle by Ford to beat one by Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, basically a race of endurance, in 1966. While this may not seem to be an overly exciting topic to some, I feel that the film has a little bit of something for everyone.

Often times, movies like this one just seem too stereotypical to me with no originality present in them. While “Ford v Ferrari” certainly isn’t without its fair share of predictables and clichés, it also stands out as a rather simple movie that has a lot of unique style. One way that this is achieved is through the development of characters.

Matt Damon and Christian Bale, who play Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles respectively, are absolutely fantastic in this film. This is arguably Damon’s best performance since “The Martian” in 2015, and Bale brings forth some amazing acting chops as well. 

There has already been buzz from critics regarding Oscar nominations for both of the actors, and I can’t say I disagree. I would be genuinely shocked if they didn’t receive that level of recognition. 

The directing of the film really helped to ground the stories of these characters while also balancing the action of the film very well. James Mangold is a talented director, and I believe this movie is some of his best work. 

The framing of shots and attention to detail in scenes really helps to create a sense of understanding of the duality of the characters and the movie to the audience.

The one quality in particular of this film that deems it worth buying a ticket to go see is the sound production. This is a racing movie, and a lot of the scenes take place surrounding and/or featuring cars of some sort. 

The last thirty minutes of the movie, in particular, stand out to me in this area. The final race scene is the entire third act of the movie, and it really does fly by. Hearing the way that the sound is edited and mixed as cars flash by on the screen was an amazing experience and one that I would highly recommend to just about any moviegoer. 

I’m not typically a fan of cars or racing movies unless you count “Cars” (2006), and I still thoroughly enjoyed this one. The drama and the action are nicely balanced, and the performances are solid all around. At nearly two-and-a-half hours long, “Ford v Ferrari” packs in a lot of action and heart. If you’re a fan of Damon or Bale or racing movies in general, head out to see this one.

The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch.

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