RB7ate9 wrote:Although I agree with you and would have loved an extra half hour of material regarding the changeover from roadsters to coupes, I disagree that this is not as good as the first. While they did use previous material - which is to help establish Le Mans and Audi history, so it's allowed - they used new footage of the race, which is what matters most. On that note, Part II is better mostly because the story of the race itself was so much more intense. Even though I had watched the 2011 Le Mans, it still astounded me that Audi pulled any of it off. As with all movies, if the story hits every note right, then it makes the movie great.
It was a great film, I don't disagree at all. Yet they missed a HUGE part of the plot completely glossing over the switch from roadster to coupes. It was a massive change for Audi, the car wasn't ready at the beginning of the season, pretty much saved Alan and Rocky's lives and gave them the extra speed to barely beat Peugeot. How they can ignore the most important change in Audi's Le Mans history diminished the film and story of their 10th win substantially. They only barely beat Peugeot by going balls to the wall the entire race and owe a lot of that speed to the coupe. I seriously doubt either Rocky or Alan would've walked away unscathed from either crash if they were in the roadsters from years previous.They could have easily filled that time with an explanation of the design changes, talked with Baretzsky about why they went with a V-6 and not a V-8 and why the changes in design of the car allowed them to get more speed out of the car. There was more than enough material to keep the story interesting, provide some good tech info without being overwhelming and give the engineers behind the scenes a little face time. Instead they chose to use footage from last year, gloss over a massive design change, and then hop straight into the story almost too quickly to get a feel for the challenges getting there. I loved the film a lot, but it's very apparent they didn't put in the effort that went into the first one and I think it suffered for it.
I really wish they'd released both on Blu-Ray because Apple in their infinite wisdom decided to put bullshit DRM on a free
movie. I'd be more than happy to pay for it and I'm sure there are a lot of people that would do the same.