For our conversation this week about Sony’s newest (and perhaps boldest) film adaptation of the beloved simulation racing video game series, we called in our friends Logan and Micah from The Reformed Gamers Podcast. Neill Blomkamp’s film incorporates many of the tropes we are familiar with in sports dramas while balancing reverence for the exciting video game that spawned this incredible story and still managing to succeed at pulling the right heart strings.
* Note – full spoilers in effect for entire episode *
Joaquin Phoenix is outstanding, though he exaggerates Napoleon so much at times that the film feels like pure comedy, which can be somewhat tonal whiplash when compared to the brutality of the gorgeously shot large-scale battles. What is blatantly clear is that this is not the movie Ridley Scott intended, as it’s noticeably choppy; but hey, at least we’ll get the full 4-hour experience eventually thanks to Apple TV+.