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Big movies usually follow a three-act narrative arc and Senna's life lends itself naturally to that. It opens with never-before-seen footage of him karting in Brazil, and reaches a mesmerising and moving climax with the dreadful events at Imola in May 1994. In between, Senna's racing career unfolds in a way that even the most optimistic Hollywood screenwriter would scarcely have dared imagine. It's all here: the first glimmers of genius, the ascent to greatness, the period of domination, the bitter rivalries and intense politicking, disillusion and dismay, flawed heroism, the final grim chapter."
Please don't be led astray by any 1, 2, or even 3-star reviews. 'Senna' is a spectacular film and a moving and dramatic work of art that honors Senna the man and satisfies the yearnings of his fans to reconnect with a sporting god, while still respecting his memory and treating with dignity Ayrton's family and friends, colleagues and even rivals. I'm not ashamed to admit that the funeral coverage moved me to tears...
"The circumstances of Senna's demise are as chilling as ever.Read more ›
As a professional video editor myself, I found this to be an astonishing feat the likes of which I've never really seen before. There are no overarching VO helping us to understand the political nuances or emotional tension in a scene and no cuts to interviews that interpret or reinterpret the scenes. In this regard, it is a work that never insults the intelligence and leaves an even more favorable impression because history and the facts speak quite eloquently for themselves.
Like many reviewers here, I am not a racing afficiando and frankly had only the most cursory awareness of Senna and the F1 racing world, but I am certainly a fan of high-quality filmmaking and this is one of the finest documentaries I've ever seen. I consider it a work of true genius and any student of producing or editing should carefully study and learn from this stunningly beautiful work. It is a remarkably intelligent and powerful film. Bravo.
The end of the film is so tense you can barely look at the screen. You know Senna is about to be killed in a crash and it takes a few seconds for it to sink in that you are looking at the video from his car and seeing what he saw. Senna takes bend after bend and accelerates into the straits and you know he will be dead in just a few seconds. Suddenly the car seems to slip out of control and then there is the shuddering impact and the screen goes black. I don't think I breathed much that last minute. The documentary is also good at highlighting Senna's importance to the morale of people in Brazil, who otherwise were having a very tough time.
Previously saw a "long" version of the movie (165 minutes) and frankly the 106 minute version was better since it has no talking heads such as John Bisignano trying to act deep.
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Quality very grainy. We realize much was from home movies but it was too much and not enough interviews from present day drivers reflecting on his contributions to racing.Published 17 days ago by Barbara Neumann-Scott
Amazing documentary, very well done! Great insight to one of the histories greatest drivers that passed away too soon.Published 1 month ago by Thomas C Miller
Great movie! Even as someone who had little knowledge of Indy racing, I enjoyed it and felt so absorbed in Senna's character!Published 1 month ago by LeAnn Kitchens