Le Mans β€˜66, Ford vs. Ferrari - movie

Le Mans β€˜66, Ford vs. Ferrari - movie

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Peter Empson

177 posts

221 months

Monday 4th November
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Thanks for the heads up, just back in from watching it. I'll definitely be looking out for more of these previews.

As for the film, it was much as I imagined unfortunately. Not terrible, but unsurprisingly very 'Hollywood' and unreal feeling for such a great story which really didn't need any embellishment.

ukaskew

5,352 posts

169 months

Monday 4th November
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I enjoyed it. I think PH is the worst place for this sort of film as obviously the focus is going to be on the accuracy etc. Taken at face value as a film however, I thought it was enjoyable and crucially still accessible to a mainstream / non classic motorsport loving crowd.

indigochim

820 posts

78 months

Monday 4th November
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I watched it too. Thought it was enjoyable these things have to appeal to a wider audience and although I didn't take her I imagine my other half would have watched it and enjoyed it too.

FredericRobinson

1,852 posts

180 months

Monday 4th November
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I enjoyed it too, plenty of holes can be picked if you know the story or know anything about racing, but it was a decent evening out. Thanks for the tip-off.

Evolved

2,320 posts

135 months

Monday 4th November
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Likewise, just back and really enjoyed it. Sure it wasn’t shot like a documentary but had just the right mix of facts and entertainment to make it work.

Wouldn’t say it was as well done as Rush. Watched that film a few times and always enjoy it. Think Bale played a good part as Ken Miles though - quite a convincing accent, even if they did refer to a cup o’ tea too many times haha.

Elderly

2,904 posts

186 months

Tuesday 5th November
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Thanks for the heads up ukaskew thumbup .

I would rate the film as no more than ...... okay - and I'm not thinking about any story inaccuracies.

I thought that your photography at the 76MM was better biggrin.

Phil Dicky

5,860 posts

211 months

Tuesday 5th November
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Defo one for the Mrs and me, who handily likes cars smile

RC1807

8,577 posts

116 months

Tuesday 5th November
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Comes out in Luxembourg on Sunday, and is called "Le Mans '66"
I will be there!

200Plus Club

6,833 posts

226 months

Monday 11th November
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Seen it tonight, wasn't expecting much, pleasantly surprised by it.

Jim on the hill

3,728 posts

138 months

Tuesday 12th November
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Really enjoyed it, beautiful cars and wonderful sounds. Don't Care if it's accurate it's a film not a documentary.

raceboy

12,030 posts

228 months

Wednesday 13th November
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200Plus Club said:
Seen it tonight, wasn't expecting much, pleasantly surprised by it.
Think that about sums up my views after seeing it last night.
Bales Brummy accent is a bit dodgy, but not as bad as his Mrs's, Shelby's 356 Speedster is very nice, as was the Scuderia Ferrari tour. yum

vixen1700

11,532 posts

218 months

Friday 15th November
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Off to a hopefully empty Westfield cinema for the 11.30am showing. Looking forward to it. smile

ukaskew

5,352 posts

169 months

Friday 15th November
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One of those films where I'd happily watch a 2hr making of documentary. I assume many of the cars used in the action scenes were fibreglass shells on top of different running gear? (maybe some real ones shipped in for static/close up shots?)

vixen1700

11,532 posts

218 months

Friday 15th November
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Quite enjoyed that, and want to read up a bit on Ken Miles now.

Also came out of the cinema wanting a 289 Cobra, they looked great in every scene. cool

A good firm 7.5/10.

Alex

9,917 posts

232 months

Friday 15th November
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I have not seen this yet, but I noticed that in the US, the title is still "Ford vs. Ferrari". I wonder why they changed it for us?

RicksAlfas

10,172 posts

192 months

Friday 15th November
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Alex said:
I have not seen this yet, but I noticed that in the US, the title is still "Ford vs. Ferrari". I wonder why they changed it for us?
Maybe "Le Mans" doesn't mean much to many Americans, but they have all heard of Fords and Ferraris.
The problem with a film like this is attracting non-car fans to go and see it so a more general title will make it more appealing.

I'm off to see it tonight. Looking forward to it.

Big Robbo

278 posts

94 months

Friday 15th November
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Just seen it in an IMAX. It's an excellent film, regardless of a few embellishments by the makers it is a great film. Bale does a great job as Ken Miles and it's well worth a watch.

coppice

5,594 posts

92 months

Friday 15th November
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Bale is terrific, and I enjoyed Damon's portrayal too - he sounded like a Texan to me. Most of the racing scenes were risibly dreadful - who knew you changed down and floored it half way down the Mulsanne to overtake? Or that the Ford Mk 2 had a working speedo ? Enzo Ferrari wasn't even there in real life and the portrayal was hopelessly misread as panto villain - he was much scarier than that . ...

unsprung

3,826 posts

72 months

Friday 15th November
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RicksAlfas said:
Maybe "Le Mans" doesn't mean much to many Americans, but they have all heard of Fords and Ferraris.
The problem with a film like this is attracting non-car fans to go and see it so a more general title will make it more appealing.
That is correct.

If, in the US, you should title this film "Le Mans '66", you would instantly communicate the following:

for "car guys" only
niche and could be boring
possibly a documentary
Le Mans -- is this a foreign film? subtitles? too upmarket for me?



98elise

15,294 posts

109 months

Friday 15th November
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coppice said:
Bale is terrific, and I enjoyed Damon's portrayal too - he sounded like a Texan to me. Most of the racing scenes were risibly dreadful - who knew you changed down and floored it half way down the Mulsanne to overtake? Or that the Ford Mk 2 had a working speedo ? Enzo Ferrari wasn't even there in real life and the portrayal was hopelessly misread as panto villain - he was much scarier than that . ...
Just back from seeing it. The only thing I didn't like was the fast and furious gear shift, floor it routines.