SENNA (Limited Release United Kingdom 2011)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Stars ìììì

inspiring documentary—tells the life story of World Champion Formula 1 racing driver, Ayrton Senna. The film shows Senna’s life from his early years of kart racing through his Grand Prix wins; his 1988, 1990, and 1991 wins for the McLaren team; and his personal competition with Alain Proust for top race driver billing. It’s an interesting story of one man’s faith in prayer and belief as a pathway to a successful 10-year international driving career and uses original film footage to demonstrate his driving strengths in wet weather conditions. There is a small challenge involving no subtitles (except to translate some foreign language words) and some difficulty understanding heavily accented English. This film, with its original footage and interviews, allows excellent insight into the politics, concerns, and lifestyle of the Formula 1 racing world. 

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The documentary follows the story of Ayrton Senna from his kart racing days through his professional Grand Prix career.

Additional Thanks

Great work for Director Asif Kapadia. Thank you to Executive Producers Liza Chasin, Debra Hayward, Kevin Macdonald, and Manish Pandey for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Alain Prost (Himself), Frank Williams (Himself), Ron Dennis (Himself), Viviane Senna (Herself), Milton da Silva (Himself), Neide Senna (Herself), Jackie Stewart (Himself), and Sid Watkins (Himself).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film is a more-than-good pick for any lover of automobiles and racing.

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