Henry Ford II is determined to defeat Ferrari at their own game by beating them at Le Mans, the 24-hour-long race in Europe. He hires Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his ace racer Ken Miles (Christian Bale) to design a car fast enough to win the epic race.
I’m not the biggest fan of the Racing genre, if you can even call it a genre since I can only name a handful of movies from it, but this one was pretty good. It was well acted from the principal cast and had a lot of thrilling moments throughout that kept me at the edge of my seat. It was different from other racing based movies as it was more about the people who made these epic moments rather than the moments themselves.
What doesn’t work for me is that the movie was too long, and the thing of it is that you could essentially cut off the first 20 minutes of screentime and the last 10-15 and it would have been a perfect movie at a slick 90 minute runtime. The beginning has some good moments but doesn’t add to the story and it could have started right when the idea to buy Ferrari is first presented to Ford, and the ending could have been with the end of the race, or not long after it anyway. If the movie shortened in these ways, it would have better overall.
About the ending specifically, everything is a tragedy on a long enough timeline. I’ve said this before and I don’t really want to keep saying it, don’t take a movie until one of the main characters dies just because you don’t know how to end your movie, especially in a movie like this where you have a great ending not long before the actual ending. Tragedies are meant to show just how noble a person can be, not just to make your audience sad because someone died. Also, just killing off a character doesn’t automatically make your movie a tragedy. Just saying.
+8: Good movie that’s mostly about cars
-1.5: Could have cut off the ends without any issues at all and the story would have been better for it