Cert: 12 A Runtime: 106 mins Director: Asif Kapida Cast: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams
When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough.
This is my first documentary review, and I couldn’t imagine more of an appropriate one to start with. 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. 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 Brazil 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 Brazil as a Saint.
I didn’t know much about Senna, before watching this documentary. Just obvious things: great driver who died young in a F1 accident.This documentary is flawless, its narrative perfect, it’s thrilling, I could not imagine another way of depicting this awesome history. All the archive footage is fantastic, Kapida has great attention to detail in regard to this documentary. The soundtrack is great, the documentary flows in such a wonderful way, real drama, marvelous histories, some funny parts as well, it’s life in its beauty and it’s true form.It’s so exciting to see the rivalry between Alain Prost and Senna, possibly one of the greatest duels on the history of sports.A documentary is good when is true to reality, and is awesome when is great to watch as ¨Senna¨ is, a perfect tribute to such a hero.If you’re not a great lover of sport or motor racing still give this film a go, it captivates you in ways I never thought a documentary could.The story of Ayrton Senna is so inspiring, he is a true champion by all means, as a professional, and as a human being.