Being the race fan that I am, and have been my while life, I had the inherent calling to catch this movie A.S.A.P. One of the underlining reasons I was so compelled to go was the fact that automotive publications that I have a very high respect for, had seen previews and stated that it was excellent. Bear in mind that these are more often than not, publications that tend to be highly critical when reviewing these sorts of movies.
Just a short preamble on myself, when I was growing up, I played sports, football, baseball, a bit of basketball. However, I was the odd ball because my favorite sport was always auto racing. I recall as an 8 or 9 year old kid watching The Grand Prix of Monte Carlo, as well as the Indy 500, on the same day. This went on with me for decades and does to this day, work providing.
I was always acquainted with the events at hand in this movie, though it happened before my time. This is one of those stories that exist in the annals of auto racing classic stories that one had to know. It was required reading the same way that as a grammar school student in the U.S. one had to learn and know about the American Revolution. This story is on the same scale of Washington crossing the Delaware. An auto racing fan has to know about Ford at Le Mans and what sparked their rivalry with Ferrari.
Now, there are a certain degree of Hollywood moments that are side bars to the story, that may or may not have happened. I accept this because Hollywood needs to add a bit of pizzazz to any flick they make that is based on a true story. Having stated that, I will say that nothing they added made the story deviate from the original story line. The one part that made me laugh out loud was when the showed the Ford GT 40's speedometer at speed …. racing cars don't have speedometers, but that's for the general public in order to create excitement. That's good!
Matt Damon and Christian Bale did an excellent job portraying Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles! Additionally, while the movie appeals quite well to someone like myself, the story itself and the movie production are second to none. The average person on the street who knows nothing of the story itself, which is so compelling unto itself, or even if they have no interest in auto racing whatsoever, will find this a fabulous movie! The direction of James Mangold, the writing by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller, and the production by Peter Chernin, James Mangold, and Jenno Topping produce a Grade A+ Movie that many are saying is the movie of the year.
As a musician, I'm naturally, always interested in the soundtrack. The soundtrack here was absolutely superb! It's not as though there's a hit song that will come from it. That could have taken away from what they did. However, the instrumentation of when the cars are in a race, boosts the adrenalin of those in the audience. The soundtrack is by Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders.
This movie is superb! Do yourself a favor and go see this movie!!! You're in for a treat!
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