Senna is a movie about Ayrton Senna, who is widely considered to be one of, if not the greatest F1 driver of all time. Ever since I watched the Netflix show F1 Drive to Survive, I have become a big fan of F1. Still, I mostly know about the current drivers in F1, and not as much about the history of the sport.
Ayrton Senna was a driver in the 1980s, when racing F1 cars was significantly more dangerous than it is today. While there are still the occasional deaths in F1, the increased technology of the cars and the equipment makes it a lot safer for drivers today. In 1994, Senna tragically died after he got into an accident at the San Marino Grand Prix. They show the replay of the accident in the movie, and it does not look that bad to the naked eye; however, the amount of force that went through his head and body was enough to kill him.
Still, the movie is not about his death, but rather about celebrating his life and his time as an F1 driver. He has an incredible story, and he seemed like a very nice guy. He was treated as an almost God-like figure in his home country of Brazil, but he was also highly regarded in the rest of the world. Also, for someone who lived in the 1980s, there is a surprising amount of video footage about Senna. The movie is 106 minutes, and almost all of it is from previous interviews, races, and home shot videos.
If you are a big fan of F1, then I think that this is a movie you have to see. It is always great to be able to learn more about great racers from the past, and athletes who lived before many of us were born. Still, even non F1 fans may enjoy the movie, as it is well produced and told. Also, if you are not interested in F1 right now, it is a great opportunity to learn more about the sport and the risks involved in it (but also why so many people enjoy watching it).
Senna Recommendation Rating: 3
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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