It’s not easy to present the story of a titanic and controversial figure like Bernie Ecclestone, in a documentary that is basically his side of the whole story, and make the viewer care and even sympathize with him. In this, the director of the amazing documentary movie Senna has managed to get Bernie to dial down his ability to fire away hot takes seemingly for the sake of it, and gets him to narrate his story very effectively while supported by the amazing visual delight of absolutely fantastic archive footage, much of it never before seen) with a surprising amount of grounded maturity and heartfelt emotional moments, but never failing to sneak in his dry, very British humor.
Even if the viewer doesn’t care for the personal, political and sporting achievements of Ecclestone, the documentary is still a must watch for fans of the sport, I’d only because it manages to blend that aspect in seamlessly with the amazing archive footage of Formula 1 in its very different forms and eras, very detailed footage of the legendary cars like the Lotus 49, Ferrari 312, racing in tracks both eternal(Monaco) and completely forgotten and obscure circuits that never made it to the big leagues, money driven F1. It’s also packed with never before seen interviews of figures like Colin Chapman, Frank Williams, Enzo Ferrari, Jochen Rindt, Teddy Mayer,etc.
If you like Formula 1 and it’s history, do yourself a favor and watch this. You won’t regret it.