By Lucas Battista

Streaming on Amazon Prime, starring Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Sarah Gadon and Gabriel Leone.

“Ferrari” is primarily a biopic about a man whose life is predicated on one single mission, nestled within a relentless demand for results. Blunt and lacking in verbosity, the quietly ruthless man Adam Driver creates is not far from the checkered-flag, but suffers at the expense of a highly disjointed, and jumbled narrative. The pacing is about as confused as the races, and the story is strung between both worlds of Enzo Ferrari, the cars and his deteriorating marriage, the latter of which he does not want to live in.

It’s an age-old story; he’s married to his work, but as hyper focused as Ferrari is, we are given little insight into the machines themselves. That’s not to say the film doesn’t have novel moments and charming bits, but we are lost to emotionally-invest as the third act comes around. That being said, the winding streets of Modena are beautifully shot, and we are shown fantastic performances by themselves, especially from Penélope Cruz, who plays his jaded wife. Furthermore, there are certain moments of excitement that, at least momentarily, reel us back into the screen.



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