This marvelous film took me back to my teens and twenties with its driving, melodic, theme music and key auto enthusiasts of the 60’s. Though I loved that sport in that decade, the movie stood on its own as a great film. The critical driver, Ken Miles, was portrayed by the superb English actor Christian Bales.
The relationship between Ken, his spouse and their one son was beautifully and realistically presented. Matt Damon’s version of the racing enthusiast Carroll Shelby was memorable, particularly his wonderful friendship with Miles that grew exponentially in the film.
Miles’ absolute love for creating, repairing and driving great motor cars is the soul of this authentic film.
To all of us who have hassled with the arrogance and unkindness of some people in authority, that battle raged between the Shelby/Miles team and the “suits” of Ford. It, along with the racing, drove this beautifully directed and acted movie. Finally the writing was extraordinary leaving one deeply engaged. My best advice, try not to miss it, especially on the large screen with the magnificent sound of those wonderful cars.
H. Robert Rubin, best-selling Amazon memoirist and author of Look Backward Angel and How Did I Get Through This? available on Amazon