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#TIFF19 Review: Ford v Ferrari (Gala Presentations)

September 13, 2019

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

Directed by James Mangold, following up his dark and brilliant X-Men spinoff Logan, Ford v Ferrari is a solid piece of entertainment that feels muscular in its construction. The film is based on the true story of Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), a race car driver whose career got cut short due to a weak heart after winning France’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1959, and Ken Miles (Christian Bale), a temperamental but brilliant driver who runs a struggling auto shop.

When Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal), a public relations guy who works for the Ford Motor Company, cooks up a plan to boost their fledgling brand by building a sports car that can compete with and beat Ferarri at Le Mans, the unlikely team of Shelby and Miles become their best bet to take on the Italian company that has cornered the racing market and keeps winning. The film feels a bit too long at 152 minutes, but it’s consistently entertaining and satisfying on a dramatic level.

Solidly directed by Mangold, Ford v Ferrari boasts good performances from Damon and Bale, exciting racing scenes that are very well shot by cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, and great sound design that immerses us in the dull roar of engines and the screeches of rubber on the road.

Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Ford v Ferrari

Public Screenings:

Monday, September 9th – 5:30 PM at Roy Thomson Hall

Monday, September 9th – 8:00 PM at Elgin Theatre

Tuesday, September 10th – 10:30 AM at Princess of Wales

Friday, September 13th – 9:30 PM at Princess of Wales

Saturday, September 14th – 4:30 PM at Ryerson Theatre

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