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Awards: Oscar Best editing, sound editing
Right off, I am not a car person. Matt Damon was very convincing, as was Christian Bale. As was the guy you loved to hate, Josh Lucas. The film is tense, but thoughtful. Very well paced for a lengthy film. Some edge of your seat stuff, but then some cool quiet moments.
Even if you’re not a motorhead, chances are you’ll be thrilled by this high-velocity bromance, powered by zesty acting and Mangold’s meticulous direction.
Based on a true story: American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary vehicle for the Ford Motor Co. Together, they plan to compete against the race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
If your goal were to, say, unseat an Italian racing giant, there would be few people better suited to the task than Carroll Shelby. A WWII flight instructor turned chicken farmer turned race car driver turned builder of legendary automobiles, Shelby was a larger-than-life figure in the world of fast cars through the second half of the 20th century. Ken Miles, the other half of this motorsport bromance, was an English race car driver who became the winning man for an American automobile giant. Miles began racing after the war, eventually racking up an impressive winning record. He joined Shelby’s team, not only to race cars, but also helping to engineering them.
USA 2019, 152 min, rated M (offensive language)
Directed by James Mangold
Starring Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone & Ray McKinnon