American car designer Carroll Shelby and the British-born driver Ken Miles work together to battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
Le Mans ‘66, or Ford v. Ferrari as it’s otherwise known, was not as riveting as I wanted it to be. Out of the two titles Le Mans ‘66 suits the film a lot more than the latter, due to film not focusing on Ford v. Ferrari. It feels more of a smaller story insider the bigger one.
The film I felt was too long, and there parts that didn’t need to be in there.
The racing sequences really are great. Watching that in Dolby at OLS for the Gala Premiere was majestic. The film needs to be watched in this format as the sound mixing and sound editing is so good in this, it kinda needs Dolby Atmos, and have it supported by stunning Dolby Vision. I’m a massive IMAX fan, but that’s not the best way to watch this specific movie.
Through all those great racing sequences, as brilliant as they may be, they weren’t as thrilling as I wanted them to be. I really wanted some edge of your seat drama. To make this film work you need to get people who couldn’t care less about racing, to care about racing – and I don’t think it achieved that. The third act needed to be this showstopper race, but it was let down by the fact it wasn’t exciting enough.
From the opening of the film, we see an accident involving Damon’s character and it’s so dramatic and tense you’re excited for the film and you wish that’s something that carries on throughout – it just wasn’t.
Damon and Bale are to the standard you’d hope they’d be. They were really trying to ‘show off’ their accent at times and it came across a bit fake.
Le Mans ‘66 is nothing special. It’s got some incredible racing sequences but is ultimately let down by its slow storytelling and bland script.