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THIS IS ANOTHER QUICK REVIEW BEFORE THE OSCARS… Ford vs. Ferrari is a movie that The Cinnamon Girl and I were so incredibly excited to see in theaters. Huge fans of Rush (which is a simply terrific movie, in my opinion), we knew that this one was going to be great. We love Matt Damon and Christian Bale and knew that director James Mangold has terrific chops. We circled the date of release on our calendars. But, somehow, we never made it to the movie.
Upon streaming it at home – and, of course, one notes that streaming a movie like this one with its big screen appeal may be a massive mistake – we were underwhelmed. Though technically solid and really well shot, we simply didn’t love Ford vs. Ferrari. The entire movie felt shockingly lifeless. The stakes never seemed particularly high and the conflicts seemed a bit overwrought. Additionally, as the movie progressed and took the audience to the final scene, the manner in which the story resolved itself at the climatic race in La Mans didn’t quite make sense. We wanted to love this one. We stared at the end credits wondering why it had been nominated for Best Picture.
What does work here is the dynamic between Damon and Bale. In fact, it carries the movie. Without these two powerhouses going at it as they do, we may have walked away from Ford vs. Ferrari. They are so good that all the other actors, including an underused Caitriona Balfe fade into the background to such an extent that they are mere ciphers. This is more a fault of the script than of the star power of the two leads. Surprisingly dull and far too distended, Ford vs. Ferrari is my biggest disappointment this year…
FORD VS FERRARI receives TWO PERFECT LAPS out of a possible FIVE