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Director James Mangold envisions well, I thought in this retelling of a true story about American automotive designer Carroll Shelby, somewhat under-played by Matt Damon and his friend fearless British race car driver Ken Miles played valiantly by Christian Bale, as they battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, each other and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary vehicle for the Ford Motor Company.
I believe I would have loved this film more if Damon had played as flamboyantly as Bale who is for Christian Bale walked away with a Golden Globe best Actor award as he plays Miles as a rowdy, rebel mechanic, constantly aware of his age with a strong commitment to his family. He gave a sentimental touch to his character, especially when he is interacting with his son Peter. But between he and Damon where I wanted a Bromance there was a disconnect somehow. I think that's why the Academy snubbed him on this one.
Even amongst the stellar action of the test of endurance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966 where I should have been On the edge of my seat passionate I was, pardon the pun, in the middle of the road. The story of Shelby and Ford’s race against cars of Enzo Ferrari was sound as a Documentary should be, but the end of the film should have brought around a few tears, but it just didn’t deliver that kind of emotional fuel.
It scores in my bottom 3 out of the 9 nominations.
From 1-5 I give it 4.1