Monday, 20 June 2011

Senna - the movie.

Did anyone else notice that in the scene where Ayrton is shown talking to Roland Bruynseraede through the window of an official car, when they are discussing which side of the track pole position should be, and whether the racing line is on the right or the left hand side of the track... that they are at Hockenheim, not at Suzuka?

In general, I think that Manish Pandey and Asif Kapadia have done a superb job with the film, but with this scene I fear that they may be guilty of misleading their audience somewhat.

It's not really a complaint in any real sense of the word, as I would like to encourage as many people as possible to go and see the film. And if anyone has an explanation, I'd love to hear it.

I'm off to the Nurburgring this weekend... much more relaxing than Le Mans, in many ways. A lot less intensity, and in many ways, more fun. More thoughts next week.


  1. So in some way this film is a bit like Ayrton Senna himself: spectacular to watch, dramatic to listen to, but not quite as honest as it seems at first.

  2. Thats a little harsh, its a good film with a little poetic licence agreed, but given we all know the ending it is somewhat hamstrung.
    I felt most moved by the images from the Brasil win. Clearly through his extreme endeavours and heartache this rated as his greatest moment, and in the context of what was to follow I'm proud to say it brought a tear to my eye.
    I would have liked it to end in-car headed toward the wall at Tamburello, but that is given my clear recollection of events that day. A Kennedy moment for me..
    I feel that while portraying Alain Prost as a hard-bitten rival, it does tend to demonise him. However Prost's use of the political environment has unfortunately transformed the pure sport that we all (clearly including Ayrton) enjoyed into the minefield of today. I would hope that today's so-called Champions, Vettel and Hamilton (Button appears to get it) recognise the responsibility placed on their shoulders and rise to it. Impossible to the extent that Senna did but a little humility and awareness of their influence and opportunity to good in the world would not go a miss.