How refreshing is it to have a new movie about cars and it’s not called Fast & Furious? Dominic Toretto and his ‘family’ have always had a monopoly when it came to cars on the big screen. It’s nice to see something different that’s also based on real-life events. Ford v Ferrari stars Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby, a gifted automotive engineer, and Christian Bale as Ken Miles, a circuit-racing maestro. The two are pons in the battle for supremacy between American tycoon Henry Ford II and Italian sports car maker Enzo Ferrari.
It’s a masterpiece but so was 2013’s Rush. In the latter, Chris Hemsworth put down Thor’s hammer to play James Hunt, a British playboy, and dexterous Formula One driver. Hunt had a great rivalry with Austrian driver Nikki Lauda who is portrayed by Daniel Brühl (best known for his role as Fredrick Zoller in Inglorious Basterds). Which is the better film?
Ford v Ferrari’s toys are extremely gorgeous. At some point, you almost feel like James May is going to pop up and explain their features. Rush is limited in this area because it only showcases Formula One cars. The fact that Formula One cars didn’t look so good decades ago doesn’t help. But even outside the race track, Rush has a chance to showcase alternative personal cars but it still goes with cheap models.
In Ford v Ferrari, Shelby develops one of the most visually stunning American cars ever seen – the GT40. Despite having an angel of a car at his disposal, Miles still stares lustfully at a Ferrari before a race and says, “If this were a beauty pageant, we just lost.” This statement puts a stamp on the high aesthetic standards of the movie.