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Senna

Saturday 4th June 2011

When I wrote about Closer To The Edge a few weeks ago, I mentioned that there was another motorsport documentary due to be released, this time about an F1 driver. The driver in question is Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian three-time world champion, and widely thought of as the greatest racing driver ever.

I went to see the movie today, and it’s brilliant. It’s quite a different form of documentary, because as much as possible the film makers have avoided using narrators or talking heads to tell the story; instead they’ve used footage and recordings of Senna from during his career, and so largely he is telling his own story as it’s unfolding. It’s extremely clever, helps bring everything to life and draw you into Senna’s story. And it’s a fascinating and dramatic story, told extremely well. For instance, the way the film builds the tension when the story gets to That Weekend – even from the first shot, taken from a helicopter as it flies towards and over Tamburello, which genuinely made me shudder – is really quite remarkable.

You do not have to be a petrolhead to appreciate this movie (I saw this with my Mum – who finds F1 boring – and I think she enjoyed it as much as I did). As with Closer To The Edge, it’s largely not about obsessing over this race and that, about watching and admiring what he did on the track. Instead it’s about Senna as a man, about what made him tick.

I can’t think of much more to say, other than to urge you to go and see this (and to see it at the cinema rather than waiting for the DVD; it’s definitely worth it). Even if  you have absolutely no interest in motorsport or F1 and think it’s the most boring thing in the world, you will not be disappointed by this movie.

Posted at 11:28 pm | Posted In: MotorsportMovies Tagged:

2 Comments:

Flix

Tuesday 7th June 2011, 10:21 am

I have been urged to go see this by a facebook status. However, the person in question is also male and a fan of motorsport. I am unsure how much I should let this influence me.

Dickie

Tuesday 7th June 2011, 11:25 am

As I said in the post, my mum enjoyed it and she thinks f1 is boring. I’ve seen a few reviews too by people who aren’t f1 fans, and they’re all positive (eg http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/markkermode/2011/05/sennasational.html)

Honestly, go and see it :)

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