We here at Cosmopolitan are absolutely obsessed with movies, but we get that you’re a busy person and it’s hard to see all the films that are going to be “important” in any given year. In this series, Low-Key Highbrow, we’re giving you the basic gist on every one of those pictures you probably should have seen but never got around to. When your friend inevitably throws that Oscars watch party, we’re here to help you scam your way into sounding like the smartest person in the room.
Ford v Ferrari is...a movie that...exists! Apparently! JK, JK. In all seriousness, the film stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale as an automative engineer and a driver who try to create a Ford car that can beat a Ferrari car in a very important race in France, because Ferrari always wins. That is definitely an oversimplification, but you get the idea. There are a lot of zoom-zoom-vroom-vroom sequences involved. Here’s the trailer.
The movie premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in August and hit theaters the week before Thanksgiving. The reviews coming out of that first festival were pretty positive, and later in the fall, Forbes called it an “instant Best Picture contender.” Both the critics score and audience score for the film are over 90 percent. Like, 98 percent of regular people who saw it liked it. I had to watch a lot of dad movies this year (looking at you, Irishman) so I will admit that I didn’t see it, but it seems like people who did were generally very into it.
The film is up for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. Here’s what people will be talking about if it takes home that prize.
Why people would be pumped if it won:
- I read this on Wikipedia so please take it with a very serious grain of salt, but apparently, this is the first time a film about auto racing has been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Who knew?!
- As previously mentioned, the audience score for this movie on Rotten Tomatoes is a whopping 98 percent. That’s the highest percent of all the Best Picture nominees, so you could definitely say this is the crowd pleaser of the group. It also made more than $200 million at the box office, which means tons of people saw it. Those are all good things!
Why people would be pissed if it won:
- A lot of the other movies in this category have one thing in particular that’s a big selling point for why they should win Best Picture. Like, 1917 has its one-shot thing. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is literally a love letter to the movie business. Ford v Ferrari doesn’t really have one easy-to-market point like that. It’s just a solid movie that is fun to watch. That’s not a bad thing, but it does feel like if it won, it’d be kinda anticlimactic.
- It’s yet another movie about white dudes! I’ve said the same thing about the majority of the movies that are nominated in this category, but it’s just like...imagine how tired we are.
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