Ford vs Ferrari is already being touted as an epic Hollywood movie after screening at Telluride Film Festival left audience in Oscar Frenzy mode – Is it Matt Damon’s time in 2020?
Born out of motorsport’s most infamous grudge, the film sheds light on a snub from one legendary Italian sportscar-maker to an American automotive conglomerate kind. Stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale play out legendary motorsport names Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles. The Oscar probable Ford vs Ferrari will shed light on the dark side of a mercurial relationship of trust and triumph between a genius car designer and a naturally talented race car driver.
The James Mangold-directed muscular, fast-paced, high adrenaline drama is touted to be the biggest ‘word-of-mouth’ success of 2019.
Enzo Ferrari backed out from a deal to sell his company to the Detroit-based conglomerate headed by Henry Ford II. To avenge the insult that the great Ford felt, he ordered a new GT automobile to dethrone the Ferrari dominance in the iconic endurance race at Le Mans in France. The result was the legendary car Ford GT40, a name no car fanatic is stranger.
Ford vs Ferrari Test Screening to Oscar Favourite
The movie was screened at the Telluride Film Festival to an overwhelming response. It left crowds ‘shaken and stirred’. The Fox/Disney movie releases in theatres on November 15th, 2019. The Ford vs Ferrari test screening has audience ablaze and there’s already speculation that the movie will garner a hoard of awards nominations at this year’s Oscars.
Matt Damon has been a five-time nominee at the Oscars but never won one for acting (his Oscar came for best screenwriting for “Good Will Hunting”). On the other hand, Christian Bale who has already won an Oscar for best supporting actor in “The Fighter” is being touted for another. Director James Mangold has also emerged a hot favorite for his category. All this even before the movie has officially released.
A Nerve-Wracking Experience
The movie is not short. Ford vs Ferrari has a 152-minute runtime. But it hardly feels like anything more than half an hour. Thus, the film is tightly-knit, has a significant emotional substance and plays across generations. Furthermore, it has all the hallmarks of a gold, old-school commercial blockbuster which drifts from the superhero trend of the day. Thus, it focuses on the real-life drama involving and pitching two great actors against each other.
During the test screening at the Werner Herzog Theater in Telluride, the audience couldn’t even bend to look at their popcorn. The movie features brilliantly shot interactions during the production of the legendary GT40, coupled with some serious racing sequences. The high-emotional factor may leave you in tears by the end of the movie.
Ford vs Ferrari for Best Male Lead (Matt Damon and Supporting Actor (Christian Bale)
If you’ve seen the trailer, Christian Bale as the maverick driver Ken Miles and Matt Damon as genius automotive designer Carroll Shelby would have left you in awe. The two great actors pitted against each other follows a current Hollywood trend (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, anyone?). But the two are in perfect sync with each other.
Majority of the audience who came out from the Ford vs Ferrari screening at Telluride came out in tears. Consequently, most gave Matt Damon their backing for this year’s Oscar. Also, the reviews of Christian Bale’s acting in Ford vs Ferrari won similar plaudits.
The one-time Best Supporting Oscar winner is being touted for his second Academy Award in the same category. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Caprio will stake claim to the top awards. However, Ford vs Ferrari duo Bale and Damon will give them a run for their money at the Oscars.
Oscars for Best Movie and Best Director
The last time James Mangold directed movie screened at the Telluride, it was Johnny Cash’s biopic “Walk the Line” in 2005. And that culminated in an Oscar for Reese Witherspoon. Furthermore, Ford vs Ferrari screening promises to be much more at the Oscars. So, what Mangold has done with the movie is a bold step towards catering to the old and intelligent adult audience.
Mangold’s Ford vs Ferrari theme is brave. Considering that Hollywood has been on a risk-free superhero movie approach to Box-Office gains for years.
Mangold’s direction is being hailed in making the movie tightly knit with all joints and hinges in the perfect places. So, the 152-minute movie hardly feels long. Moreover, the director is successful in arousing emotions from every one, no matter if the audience is petrolheads or not. Furthermore, this is American capitalism avenging insult from a passionate automotive designer by taking on his own game.
So, Mangold has ensured his epic direction compliments the maverick acting of Christian Bale and Matt Damon. Thus, it culminates into a future cult film that’s going to take all the plaudits at this year’s academy awards. Keep a tab on the release in theatres near you. Surely, we are in for the ultimate ride. A crash course in the history of endurance racing that doesn’t feel more than a few minutes.