Despite being someone who is interested in cars and motorcycles I knew very little about Lamborghini, including the man’s forename. What I did know was that he began by making tractors, before moving into cars over the notion of being able to build something better than the existing super-exoctic metal that was around at the time, including Ferrari.
Now, after watching Lamborghini, the latest movie from Bobby Moresco (“Beyond Suspicion”, “100 Code (TV)”), I know only a few things more which include the tragic circumstances around his wife and child and he also made air conditioning units.
What the Lamborghini movie leaves you with is the feeling that either Feruccio Lamborghini was a very dull man to make a movie about, or Moresco struggled to know what to put in and what to leave out.
It’s not even what’s left out of the movie, or what ‘artistic interpretations’ have been made, right from the off things don’t go well when the actors all talk in English, but with Italian accents, not very good ones.
Frank Grillo (“The Grey”, “Captain America: Winter Soldier”) is the American tasked with playing the famous Italian automobile entrepreneur with Irishman Gabriel Byrne (“Lies We Tell”, “Mad To Be Normal”) tasked with playing Enzo Ferrari.
We begin at the end of the war and see Ferruccio return from his time as a grease monkey. He immediately runs to his girlfriend, later his wife. He also tries various ways to raise some money in order to build a tractor, something that will be cheaper but more powerful than what already exists.
He’s successful and gets a bank to invest in creating more. We then skip ahead, quite far, to witness an interaction between Lamborghini and Ferrari as the former tells the latter that, although he likes his cars and owns many, the clutches are rubbish.
Ferrari, always a proud man, is angry at this and insults Lamborghini, telling him to go back to his tractors. This he does, but he also poaches people from Maserati and Ferrari amongst others and gives them an impossible car to build in just six months for the next Geneva Motor Show.
Moresco spends too long on sections of the movie that have no bearing on the story, such as a performance of Quando, Quando, Quando whilst Ferruccio sits sketching at a dinner table, or Ferruccio, his wife and best friend singing along on New Years Eve.
This comes at the expense of, for one example, the time when Ferruccio was taken prisoner during the war whilst the end of Lamborghini, which sees Ferruccio having to sell up everything he’s spent so long building, is, excuse the pun, raced through.
As with the recent Emily movie, the same can be said of Lamborghini, you get the impression that the great, Italian, deserved something so much better than this.