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Movie Review – Senna

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Well, ask any of my friends, and they will tell you I’m a big Formula 1 fan! Or maybe they won’t, as I also don’t exactly go around wearing F1 sport jackets or bragging about the races on the weekend. But trust me, I am. Also as a film lover, and film critic, I’m a big documentary lover, and when I heard about the film ‘Senna’, which would be combining the two, I thought this will be the film for me! Not only that, it was going to be about one of the sport’s most famous names, Ayrton Seena, who sadly passed away during a crash at a GP in the mid 90’s, when he was on his way to maybe winning his 4th world championship, and possibly going onto be one of the all time greats! So I knew I could be in for a bit of a tear jerker but that’s never stopped me before.

“The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80's, the film follows Senna's struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime, spiritual yet, on occasion, ruthless - Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brasil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Yet he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time - and in Brasil as a Saint.”

Being a big F1 fan you would have thought I would have known more about the man, but I knew enough, and knew little enough, that this film was both really eye opening while at the same time confirming his greatness in my own mind. It was also a great insight into the political world of F1 that the fans don’t get to see, and I’m sure still goes on a lot, and it shows the sports coming of age in the TV world which made its popularity go from big, to massive! Senna really was a genius on the track, and a troubled artist off the track, where he hated having to deal with the political side of things. Even though his life and career was cut short, he will forever go onto live in people’s minds as one of the greats as he did nothing but show that in his shortened career.

9 out of 10 from me!

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