A documentary about arguably the greatest Formula 1 driver of his generation, and undoubtedly the fastest, Brazil’s most famous racing son Ayrton Senna. Compiled of archive footage, it follows the driving superstar’s characteristically speedy rise from the go-kart circuit to his deadly crash.
Much like his follow-up film Amy, Academy Award-winner Asif Kapadia displays his unique approach to archive and the documentary form in the carefully-crafted Formula One thriller Senna. Narratively ambitious, nail-biting and nerve-wracking.
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.
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.
This is a profoundly moving depiction of a great tragic hero. The archival footage is terrific, the history (mostly) sound, and the tension rarely abates. It is rare to see a sporting documentary transcend sport, and this is one that does.
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.
[Netflix] I stopped watching Formula 1 after 1994 (- the 90s Sundays meant seeing formula 1 and a western - good times! and i saw him race in Estoril! saw his chopper and limo too). It still hurts. Prost was a prime asshole. More important to discuss whether or not he's the GOAT, he's my fave.