If you feel the need for speed come Nov. 15, “Ford v. Ferrari” at the very least should get your engine going.
The year is 1966. Ford Motor Company executive Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal) and Henry Ford II (Tracey Letts) are on a mission to build a revolutionary American car that can overtake Italy’s Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. He recruits two men for the job — U.S. visionary designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and daredevil British-born racer Kevin Miles (Christian Bale).
The two innovators would fight off corporate meddlers, defy the laws of physics and struggle with their own personal foibles as they race the clock to build the revolutionary Ford GT40. Besides the thrill of watching fast-paced action on the big screen, moviegoers will get to see two great actors buddy up for the first time in a film. The two Oscar winners — Damon for co-writing the script for 1997’s “Good Will Hunting” and Bale for his supporting role in 2010’s “The Fighter” — each have racked up acting noms for other roles, three for Damon and four for Bale.
Behind the wheel of the biographical endurance racing saga is director James Mangold (2005’s “Walk the Line,” 2017’s “Logan”). Also in the cast is “Outlander’s” Caitriona Balfe as Miles’ wife, Remo Girone as Enzo Ferrari, Josh Lucas and Ray McKinnon.
If you need another incentive to see the first racing movie since 2013’s “Rush” to truly put the pedal to the metal, we get to hear Bale’s actual Brit accent for once and also see him at his normal weight. In the trailer, his Miles asks Shelby how long he will need to build his speedy machine, suggesting it’s “200, 300 years.” The cocky automotive genius tells him instead: “90 days.”