“When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough.”
I know I’m watching a good documentary when its subject matter is something I know absolutely nothing about, but I’m drawn in immediately. I know I’m watching a great documentary when I know enough about the subject matter to know I have no real interest in it, yet I’m still drawn in immediately. I have close to no interest in motorsport in general. I have literally zero interest in Formula 1. But I think it took all of about six seconds for me to be fully drawn into and enthralled by Senna.
Ayrton Senna was the kind of superstar that even as a kid with literally zero interest in Formula 1, I knew who he was, what he did and why he was famous. I also clearly remember when he died in a racing accident at the San Marino Grand Prix on the first of May, 1994. Knowing about his death and knowing the documentary is inevitably leading to that moment is in no way a spoiler. The film makers know the shadow of that event is hanging over the entire movie, and they use that shadow to build amazing amounts of tension from the get go. (more…)