Ford v Ferrari
'A 1966 race pushes two friends to their limit.
Christian Bale and Matt Damon’s thrilling new auto-racing adventure “practically begs to be called ‘the kind of movie people don’t make anymore,’” said K. Austin Collins in VanityFair.com. Based on a real-life 1966 showdown, it delivers every component of an old-Hollywood formula: “taking a big story, giving it a fair budget, casting genuine stars in roles that don’t require capes, and simply entertaining the s--- out of us.” Damon plays ex-racer Carroll Shelby, who is hired by stodgy Ford Motors to build a car that can beat a Ferrari at Le Mans. When Shelby picks hotheaded Ken Miles as his driver and engineer, Bale steps in and proves “more than game.” Sure, it’s all formulaic—but with a few “fascinating upgrades,” said David Edelstein in NYMag.com. One of the canniest is highlighting the gap between the suits and the working-class adrenaline junkies. Another is making the gearheads incredibly smart—“as versed in physics as any Star Trek android.” Though the racing action is gripping, it’d be a mistake to think Ford v Ferrari is for car buffs only, said Anthony Lane in The New Yorker. “It’s a film about pride—and the craziness that flares up whenever pride gets hurt.” ■