Ford v Ferrari Review


Sophia Clifton, Staff Writer

Ford v Ferrari is the race car movie for people who hate race car movies. Although the technicalities may go over some heads, the film turns a typical racing movie into a film with heart. With outstanding performances from Matt Damon and Christian Bale, beautiful direction from James Mangold, and incredible sound production, Ford v Ferrari is the new release all audiences should be watching.


Despite the film’s titular claims, the real competition is not between car manufacturers at all. Rather, Ford v Ferrari tells the story of passion versus power. After Ford Motor Company realizes they’re losing customers to newer and sleeker alternatives, they decide they must beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. With the help of former driver and automobile designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), Ford believes they have a fighting chance. But, when Ken Miles (Christian Bale) is brought onto the team, tensions begin to rise. Ford Motor Company represents every money-hungry corporation in America, pushing anyone down in order to get on top. Miles and Shelby must cope with the difficulties of following your dreams under strict supervision. The passion Miles and Shelby feel for the car they’re building is always on the verge of being overshadowed by the sheer power of the Ford Manufacturing Company.


Ford v Ferrari reminds audiences of the struggles that great, hard working American heroes face everyday, but also reminds us what makes them so great. Ken Miles’ story can resonate with anyone who knows what hard work and dedication means. Christian Bale plays the role that millions of Americans live every day. The portrayal of these hardworking heroes is amazing to see on screen. Audiences can finally see these people being appreciated for their contributions in America. 


The Oscar-worthy performances from both Bale and Damon make Ford v Ferrari one of the best movies of the year in many respects. Director James Mangold, compares the destructive and dangerous nature of car racing with the simplicity and beauty of his shots. Audiences gain a new perspective of the drivers themselves while in the theater, thanks to Mangold’s artistic touches. Ford v Ferrari is a must-see film for all audiences.