By Katie Sterling
It goes without saying that a movie centered around one of the most famous racing brands in history should have audiences on the edge of their seat, exhilarated and feeling the momentum of the storyline race much like the speedometer of said racecar. Ferrari, the much-anticipated film to focus on Enzo Ferrari, seems to stall much more than it speeds.
While the movie doesn’t focus on the iteration of the company, but rather the summer of 1957 when bankruptcy looms over Enzo Ferrari, the fact of the matter is that an interesting story is wasted on an imperfect delivery.
Enzo Ferrari (Adam Driver) is a man torn between his personal and professional lives, never quite happy with either and constantly pushing the boundaries to achieve perfection that always seems just out of reach. He’s a brooding man still mourning the loss of his heir and treating everyone else in his life as disposable. Much of the movie focuses on Enzo’s attempt to stay relevant against the pressures of a crumbling business and the uncertainty of what his legacy will look like.
For a movie that spans over two hours, little time is actually spent on auto racing or the industry that made Ferrari such a famous name in the first place. Rather, audiences are subjected to the same depressing vignettes that drag the movie along at a frustratingly slow pace. The only real bit of excitement is when the film centers on the infamous Mille Miglia race, but that excitement is quickly squashed when the atrocious CGI splashes across the scene. It’s as laughable as the Italian accents used in the movie…as authentic as the Olive Garden.
Ferrari is a film that could have had a lot of potential, but ends up flat and disjointed. It’s as if someone in production needed to flash a check engine light on during development, but everyone was too blinded by the big name of Ferrari to imake sure the mechanics of the storyline worked together. If only the creators of the movie had emulated Enzo a bit more and taken meticulous care with the details – we then would have had a biopic worth talking about.
Ferrari is now playing in theatres.