By Aaron Zaretsky
Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale team up in an inspirational true story of the Ford motor company battling the high-power Ferrari on the racetrack during the 1960’s.
After a failed attempt to merge with Ferrari, Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) is determined to beat Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone) at one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. Unknown for manufacturing race cars, Ford hires automotive designer and engineer, Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his Shelby American team, to design and manufacture the revolutionary Ford GT40. Driven by British World War II veteran and professional race car driver, Ken Miles (Christian Bale), Ford strives to do whatever it takes to defeat Ferrari and show the world that they are best motor company.
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In the process, Miles and Shelby must overcome corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons. For instance, Miles is stubborn and hot-tempered which are character traits deemed by Senior Executive Vice President of Ford, Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas), as “not a Ford guy”. Beebe prefers an alternate driver, arguing that Miles would be a public relations disaster. Shelby disagrees which elevates the stakes, and drama.
Damon and Bale are both phenomenal. Their chemistry, a bromance if you will, provides an authentic onscreen bromance developed by Shelby and Miles. Bale in particular delivers an Oscar-worthy performance. Every scene that he is in, all eyes are on him. Bale embodies Miles with a perfect mix of charm and quiet ambition. With Miles’s flaws you cheer for him to succeed instead of rooting against him which is a testament to Bale’s work. And Miles’s relationship with his young son Peter (Noah Jupe) is heart-warming. The superb performances and exquisite storytelling by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller, and director James Mangold makes the film a possible Oscar nominee for best picture.
Ford v Ferrari is enhanced through ScreenX which puts you in the middle of the action using a 270º panoramic view. The unique experience features select scenes expanding onto the side walls creating wall-to-wall imagery. ScreenX is the first in the world to have such an effect by combining multi-projection technology with the theatre screen.
What this does is it enables additional scenery not seen anywhere else. Plus, ScreenX immerses you in the action as it feels like you are in the race car with Christian Bale. The seat does not move so be prepared to turn your head watching race cars go from one wall to the next.
Buckle up in this high-speed, high-stakes, edge-of-your-seat, emotional roller-coaster, David versus Goliath sports drama film that will leave you inspired.
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Editor’s Note: This experience was sponsored by ScreenX.