A marvelously well-crafted documentary that was able to grab me early on and maintain my keen interest throughout. Truly, a testament to what can be done solely through the use of archival material. This film managed to truly envelop me in its narrative -- to the point where I felt like I was an outside observer watching the unveiling of the tragic fate of Aryton Senna. Also, the score by Antonio Pinto is top-notch.
I'd never heard of Senna, couldn't care less about formula 1 or sports in general, so was quite impressed with how much the film involved and entertained me. The time in his life they've zeroed in on is so wonderfully dramatic I wouldn't believe it if it was scripted and Senna makes for a remarkably charming fellow to root for. The dozens of narrators but lack of talking heads was a great choice.
I have no interest in the pointless sport. Frankly, a brief montage of car collisions would have been sufficient to convey the drama and perils of racing. While the portrait of Senna is indeed fulsome and remarkably assembled solely from archival footage, the glamor, celebrity and stresses of race car drivers ain't news. The most dramatic scenes were off the race track, in the politically fraught FIA driver meetings.
A captivating look into the background, morals and ambition of one of the greatest formula one racers of all time. Almost entirely made up of archival footage. It's a sad, inspiring and honest testament. 4 stars
Even if you don't follow Formula 1 or have no idea who Senna was, this documentary is totally enjoyable. Even more the enjoyable, it tell the thrilling and mesmerizing life story of a man driven by his faith and a supernatural will to win. No work of a fiction could have inventend Ayrton Senna as a character as this documentary shows him to us.
This documentary wouldn't be this good if Senna's life story wasn't as spectacular. Kapadia used the story good and did not slow it down with talking heads but just used their statements to round up the movie.
All in all a spectacular story made into a documentary with Hollywood style.
And the soundtrack.. wow.
I was really looking forward for this documentary, but I didn't find it engaging or breathtaking. Of course I loved to be able to watch all those archive images, but I think that if you're doing a doc about Senna, the filming style should reflect in his personality: Passion, always willing to take risks, fearless, out of anything what's conventional...
Exactly the contrary of this 104min of tabloid story telling.