Review: Petrol-heads unite, the story of Ford v Ferrari is coming to the big screen

Top-notch Logan director James Mangold swaps out mutants for motorsport heading to the 1960s to tell the true story of race car legend Caroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his collaboration with Ford to take on Ferrari at the prestigious endurance race Le Mans.

Shelby's convinced there is only one driver who has what it takes to develop the fastest Ford ever produced; the same man he wants to drive it. That's Brit Ken Miles (Christian Bale). The men in charge of the very corporate Ford Motor Company though, they're not so sure.

Prickly Miles does not suffer fools nor men in suits. Shelby spends his time running interference leaving Miles to do what he does best - making the race car go faster.

This is a really fascinating story with a special Kiwi drawcard given the involvement of New Zealand racing legends Bruce McClaren and Chris Amon. 

Fair warning though they barely feature in this big-screen telling.  

This may be a disappointment to some perhaps offset by the opportunity to soak up these incredibly shot head-rush big screen motorsport sequences.

I confess, I have a sizable amount of petrol running through my Westie veins and I do love a good car movie - add to that the joy of spending a few hours in a cinema with Christian Bale and Matt Damon and this Ford V Ferrari face-off was an easy watch.  

Four stars.


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