SENNA – movie review
He was a man led by determination, ambitions and hard work. Senna was far more than just an F1 driver.
“Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton is about the only thing I can recall from Ayrton Senna’s career and sadly it’s because it was the song they played on the day he hit the wall and lost his life. With the peak of his career playing out while I was still in nappies, I knew he was the most successful F1 driver but having just walked out of the cinema, I can’t help but feel that’s about as much as the rest of the world knew or saw him as. Seeing a different, more personal side to Senna off the track this film shows him as an even greater man.
When you ask a 7-year-old boy what he wants to be when he grows up, if he doesn’t answer with a fireman or policeman you’re going to get racing car driver and that exactly what Ayrton Senna got the chance to do. This isn’t a rags-to-riches cliché Hollywood story, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Coming from a well off Brazilian family, his parents wanted to give him the best chance at life so with their backing (and bulging wallets) he was able to chase his childhood dream.