Best Films of 2011 (Part 3)

The High Hat Film Review continues it’s look at the Best Films of 2011.


Director:- Asif Kapadia

On paper, Senna is a tough sell; a documentary about the life of a Formula 1 Racing driver sounds like it should have a very limited audience. The most important thing to say about this quite remarkable film is that you do not need to know anything about Formula 1, or driver Ayrton Senna to enjoy it. Senna’s story is one of universal appeal, of a man driven by a love of what he does and a passion to be the best. It is a film of triumphs and tragedies, of heroes and villains; telling a story that trumps the majority of narratives to come out of Hollywood.

The film follows Senna’s ten years in Formula, consisting mainly of roadside footage and in-car camera shots of Senna during the races. This allows for a unique look of the man in his element, showing his interactions with team mates and rivals, and offering insight into the often seedy world of Formula 1. Ultimately it is a highly enjoyable, entertaining film about a truly interesting character. Easily the most emotionally engaging film of 2011.