TORONTO (AP) — As a big-budget original movie made largely with practical effects, “Ford v Ferrari” isn’t so much pointed against headwinds in Hollywood as it is speeding 200 miles-per-hour right into them.
The film, directed by James Mangold, premiered Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival, unveiling a big, swaggering throwback movie, a studio-made crowd-pleaser led by a pair of in-form movie stars in Christian Bale and Matt Damon.
“As the real stars of more and more movies become the IP — the source material, the costume, the uniform — the magic of the actors walking into something completely unknown to you is an exciting thing that we haven’t seen in a long time,” Mangold said in an interview in advance of the film’s premiere.
It’s a movie about obsession and drive, in which Shelby and Miles are often chafing at the constricting corporate dictates of Ford.
The 55-year-old Mangold (“Walk the Line,” ″3:10 to Yuma”) has made a career out of directing a disappearing breed of movie: studio films aimed at adults.
Before “Joker” was winning plaudits for rewriting the superhero film, Mangold’s gritty, unadorned take on Wolverine, “Logan,” became the first superhero film to earn an Oscar nomination for its writing.
“Ford v Ferrari,” costing close to $100 million to make, is a potentially risky project for 20th Century Fox, which after producing the film was acquired by the Walt Disney Co.