movie film review | chris tookey


© Working Title - all rights reserved
  Senna Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
7.00 /10
Ayrton Senna, Viviane Senna, Neyde Senna
Full Cast >

Directed by: Asif Kapadia
Written by: Manish Pandey

Released: 2011
Origin: UK/ France/ US
Colour: C
Length: 106

Illuminating study of the boy racer.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

Bookmark and Share

Senna is an affectionate, endearing and clear-sighted account of the talented Brazilian racing driver (pictured) who died on the track at the age of 34.

Itís especially illuminating about his not always terribly sporting rivalry with Alain Prost, and Sennaís run-ins with the sportís autocratic officials, notably the Frenchman Jean-Marie Balestre, who has much the same easy charm and transparent incorruptibility of FIFAís Sepp Blatter.

Director Asif Kapadia Ė whoís really more of an editor, since he hasnít shot any new footage - makes excellent use of found material. This may not be the most innovative documentary, nor the most probing (it fails to mention Sennaís marriage or ex-fiancee), but it is intelligently assembled and avoids hagiography.

Key to Symbols