Director: Michael Mann
Writers: Troy Kennedy Martin, Brock Yates
Starring: Adam Driver, Shailene Woodley, Giuseppe Festinese
Runtime: 2 Hour 4 Minutes
Synopsis: Set in the summer of 1957, with Enzo Ferrari's auto empire in crisis, the ex-racer turned entrepreneur pushes himself and his drivers to the edge as they launch into the Mille Miglia, a treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy.
Once you realize that Michael Mann was a producer on Ford v Ferrari, the "I can do it too" mentality that oozes out of Ferrari makes sense. The problem is, all the charm and intrigue that Ford v Ferrari had is completely missing from Ferrari. Adam Driver is a great actor who is routinely misused by directors and scripts and Ferrari is no exception. Christian Bale and Matt Damon played well off of each other in Ford v Ferrari and made for a compelling story. In Ferrari, Driver is not only boring but Penélope Cruz is criminally underused, leaving Driver without a strong second to play off of. That then leads to the second issue which is there are about 3 different direction this film could have gone which would have made for a great movie and instead it attempts all three directions half heartedly. The best direction this film could have stuck with would have been to follow Cruz's Laura Ferrari and made a much more interesting movie. Instead she's presented as a bitter woman who just can't understand why her great man of a husband is in love with another woman and fathered another child. There j
The other surprising thing about this film is how bad it looks in some action scenes. The crashes in this film are supposed to be big and draw you in. Instead, they're almost comical in how poorly they're shot. Even without looking hard, you can see where stunt drivers have been replaced with crash test dummies or poorly used effects to show gruesome after effects. It's all just very poorly done.
Ferrari is a forgettable film. Honestly, in the end just go rewatch Ford v Ferrari if you want this type of film.
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