Tuesday, December 29, 2020

1161. Senna

Directed by Asif Kapadia

A good documentary can make you care about any subject, even racecar driving. I know there are many people attracted to the art of driving really fast in circles. I don't doubt that it's a rush for the maniacs in the cars, I just don't find it particularly interesting to watch. But Ayrton Senna was a worthy subject for a documentary.

The film focuses on Senna's racing career, from his debut in the 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix to his death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. The documentary consists of interviews, race footage, and even some Senna family videos. 

I'll be honest, I had no idea who Senna was before this documentary. International motor racing isn't that big of a deal in America, and I don't hang out with the NASCAR crowd. But the film did a good job of communicating what a big deal he was in Brazil. It was fascinating to see how his dedication to his sport pretty much amounted to a death wish.

I particularly enjoyed the parts that focused on his rivalry with Alain Prost. An interesting look at a very, very handsome man. 

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

First film about Senna that had the approval of Senna's family, and the approval of Formula One management.

First documentary film produced by Working Title Productions.

1 comment:

  1. Surprisingly agreeing with you...
    Motor racing? What the .. is it with this utterly pointless, and one of the most environmentally damaging things to do. Only available to the ultra rich, and driving round, and round .. burning precious finite resources, polluting..
    And so oozing toxic testosterone.. and the jet set crowd tha are drawn to it .. .. etc etc etc (and I've not even got close to the well dodgy penchant for scantily clad glamour models being sprayed by champagne...
    Oh stop it Ray, get off your soap box.

    So why the beep do I want to watch this?

    Well, it was surprisingly entertaining and absorbing. I've seen much, much worse films for all the above mentioned objections, and far to many other worthy films that were much less watchable...