152 minutes | 2019 | USA, France
Matt Damon and Christian Bale give an acting masterclass in James Mangold’s (Logan, Walk the Line) study of a friendship that shaped 1960s motor racing.
After being forced to quit a highly decorated motor racing career for health reasons, Carroll Shelby (Damon) turned to car designing. A legend in this world, having been one of the few Americans to win the gruelling 24-hour marathon at Le Mans, Shelby was hired by Ford Motor Company, who were looking to rejuvenate an outmoded brand and build a race car capable of taking on world champions Ferrari.
While Shelby had the American charm that Ford wanted associated with their brand, they weren’t so sure about Shelby’s favoured driver, the notoriously ill-tempered Limey rebel Ken Miles (Bale). And though this is an absolute must for car enthusiasts, you don’t have to be a racing fan to care about those putting their lives and reputations at risk. An instant classic, Le Mans ’66 is a buddy movie with heaps of old school Hollywood charm.