My knowledge of cars is pretty slim-to-none, so I wasn't sure how much I would get out of this movie. To my surprise, I ended up having blast watching Ford v. Ferrari. I not only learned about some history between some rival car companies but also got a story about a friendship centered around their love and obsession with cars.
What is executed well right away is the war between Ford and Ferrari that was happening during the '60s. Ford wanted to play catch up to Ferrari, who was thought of as the hottest car at the time. Ford decided this would work by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which Ferrari has been winning in four of the last five years. Ford hires American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) to build them a capable race car under the Ford label to compete with Ferrari. Due to the limitations, a Ford race car has, Shelby has to jump through hoops with corporate to get the talented, but stubborn driver Ken Miles (Bale) to give them the best shot to win it all.
The story is set up well for anyone to understand the stakes the movie has throughout. Whether you're a car expert or not, you will be able to follow the story well and understand why the situation is so dire. By having this story be laid out simply, it gives time to have us invested in our lead characters, which is really the whole crux of the movie.
Matt Damon and Christian Bale play their characters so well that you understand who they are as individuals. Despite that, they are at their peak performances when they play opposite each other. Many situations explore the true, respected friendship they had with one another despite the many instances of butting heads. It's a friendship that feels like a relatable brotherly friendship that stands the test of time.
It's this main thread that leads into why there always will be such a big love for cars. Like anything else, cars are a way for people to express themselves, and Ford v. Ferrari paints a picture of how that is possible. Despite Shelby and Miles having to deal with the corporate heads of Ford, among with many other agonizing setbacks with building a Ford racecar, it always manages to come around to explore how there is such a love for cars.
If you don't have any sort of love for cars, then you will after seeing all of Ford v. Ferrari's racing scenes. Every racing scene outdoes the previous one, yet all of them are well-crafted and displayed to keep your blood pumping. The racing visuals are easy to follow for any viewer, but that doesn't take away from how well constructed each of them is. They are the biggest seller for Ford v. Ferrari and none of them disappoint.
No matter if you love your cars or not, this is an entertaining true story fit for everyone. It's one that has just about everything for everyone to enjoy, which can be difficult to do for any sort of sports-themed movie. Since Ford v. Ferrari can be for anyone, I think lots of people can rush out to see this in theaters, and end up seeing one of the better movies of the year.