Check out the latest trailer for Hollywood’s love letter to the 1966 Le Mans.
From Steve McQueen's 1971 film 'Le Mans,' to Ron Howard's 2013 film 'Rush', there have been many movies that have captured the excitement of motorsport. And 'Ford V. Ferrari' looks like it could join them in the list of the greatest racing films ever made. Directed by James Mangold who helmed 'Logan', Ford V Ferrari is essentially a love letter to the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
It's based on the true story of American car designer Carroll Shelby, played by Matt Damon, and fearless British racing driver Ken Miles, played by Christian Bale who team up to build the revolutionary Ford GT40 racecar to fight Ferrari in the 1966 24 Hours Of Le Mans race and went on to win Le Mans for four consecutive years. Prior to that, Ferrari won Le Mans for five years running.
A new trailer has been released for the film, and it strikes a perfect balance of human drama and pulse-pounding race track action. We get a better idea of Shelby's and Miles's complicated relationship as the trailer opens with the pair brawling on a lawn after Shelby invites Miles to race the Ford GT40 at Le Mans.
"I will put you in the driver's seat in Le Mans, if you just shut your mouth and let me do my thing," Shelby tells Miles. Meanwhile, Miles' wife gets out a chair and watches the pair fight. They clearly both have different personalities, but they also share the same passion to build the ultimate racecar that will put an end to Ferrari's dominance in Le Mans.
This character drama complements the film's visceral racing scenes that put you in the driver's seat, featuring replicas of the Ford GT40 and Ferrari 330 P4 battle it out. The crashes also look brutal, reflecting the real danger of motorsport during the 1960s when safety wasn't as advanced as it is today. And unlike 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw', there's minimal use of CGI.
Ahead of its November 15 theatrical release date, Ford V. Ferrari has already received rave reviews, with The Hollywood Reporter describing it as "a full-bodied and exciting true-life story in which the men behind the wheels are just as dynamic as the machines they drive."