Review: The bromance is real in Matt Damon and Christian Bale's retro cool 'Ford v Ferrari'
Christian Bale driving around in a Batmobile was pretty cool, but just wait till you see him yelling “Giddy-up!” during an exceedingly speedy turn in a race car.
Directed by James Mangold (“Logan”), “Ford v Ferrari” (★★★½ out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters nationwide Friday) is a rah-rah and very retro automobile underdog story that zooms along at an expertly crafted clip and features Bale and Matt Damon as its central yin-yang duo. No matter if you’re not into speedy vehicles and sports movies: Mangold’s film is a testament to taking on The Man – in this case, a Detroit auto powerhouse – and having a buddy’s back even when he hits you with a loaf of Wonder Bread.
In 1963, the Ford Motor Company is pumping out tons of cars but sales are slipping. To appeal to the kids, they want the cache of a winner and try to buy out Ferrari, which is on an impressive winning streak at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. When the takeover doesn’t take, they shift gears to beating the Italian racing icon on the track, which results in more failure.
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