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A Race Car, Friendship Movie or Both? Ford v Ferrari Movie Review by Ms. H

Written by RealMsH

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to the Ford v Ferrari Movie Review by Ms. H

I was on the fence about naming my movie review “A Race Car, Friendship Movie or Both?” versus “Crisp Realism.” Even though I opted for the former, there is no doubt that the writers and director focused on providing a sense of crisp realism to this movie, which by the way is based on a true story. Not only was the dialogue and scenes pertinent to the movie, but it was the  period-type items that were precariously hanging around that added to the authenticity of the movie. However, I’m getting ahead of myself. Without further ado, here is my movie review of the Ford v Ferrari film.

Plot of the Ford v Ferrari Movie

It’s no mystery that the plot would center around the rivalry between the Ford and Ferrari companies. What may come as somewhat of a surprise is who the movie would ultimately focus on as the main character. Both Matt Damon and Christian Bales had major parts in the movie, but interesting enough, even though Carroll Shelby, played by Matt Damon was probably the most famous of the two, the writers/director focused on Christian Bale who played the role of Ken Miles. And to their credit, in my opinion they made the right choice to do so.



Acting Skills of the Cast of Ford v Ferrari Movie

Christian Bale is known for sometimes drastically altering his physical appearance to reflect that of the character he is playing as an actor, i.e. losing or gaining weight, etc. He did not deviate from this practice in playing the main character of Ken Miles, including adapting an English accent.

For the most part, I think everyone did a good job acting in this movie. My minor complaint was the English accent done by Christian Bale which which was very strong at the beginning of the movie, then almost died out towards the end.

Realism in the Ford v Ferrari Movie

I alluded to the realism aspect of the Ford v Ferrari movie in my introduction above. If you watch this film, take a look around the environment. You will see some images that clearly marked the time period of this movie. This, of course is not unusual for period films, but I liked the almost subtle way images that were prevalent during that time were shown in the movie, sometimes in great detail. For example, there is a tanning billboard shown in the film that is no longer seen nowadays as well as some of the words used during that time and even now -- such as “ the early bird gets the worm,” and the term “beatnik,” etc.

Predictability of the Ford v Ferrari Movie

Since this is a movie based on a true story, you can probably guess the outcome of the film. However, I think the writers and director did an excellent job showing the human interest element of the story. A large part of the movie was about, of course, racing cars, but you get the chance to find out the type man Ken Miles was as well as learn more about his friendship with Carroll Shelby.

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Dramatic Licenses Used in the Ford v Ferrari Movie

I’m sure dramatic licenses were used in the Ford v Ferrari film to move the story along. Also I think it is highly unlikely that some of the incidents actually took place. Spoiler Alert: One scene in particular dealt with locking one of the executives into an office. I think this scene was not expounded upon during the movie because it probably did not happen. However, it did illustrate the extent Carroll Shelby was going to in order to prove his point regarding the racing skills and expertise of Ken Miles.

Assessment of the Ford v Ferrari Movie

I not only enjoyed watching the Ford v Ferrari movie, but I liked learning more about the inside workings of corporations when it comes to racing. A case in point is that usually in a car race -- one car and driver win. Spoiler Alert: However, the Ford executives came up with the idea during the LeMans race that all three Fords would cross the finish line at the same time. In other words, this event was orchestrated for publicity. 

It did make a striking picture when all three cars crossed the finished line made possible by Ken Miles slowing his car down; however, something occurred afterwards that undermined the significance of this event. If you watch the film you will know what I mean. The good news is that a few subsequent LeMans races were won by Ford.

Overall, I think the Ford v Ferrari movie is not only a story about race cars but covered the friendship between Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby as well. In a nutshell, Ford v Ferrari is  a movie, I think you too, may enjoy watching.

Rating of the Ford v Ferrari Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Ford v Ferrari movie 5 stars.


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