In the winter months some people (*cough*ME*cough*) have the tendency to become a little more sluggish. Justifications are made for eating comfort food, skipping the gym because it’s too cold outside, and doing whatever else one might need to do to survive.
While we’re waiting for the sun to shine again, one thing I’ve found can help is being transported by a movie to the side of a racetrack, where things are the opposite of apathetic or low-energy. Here are 5 movies that’ll rev up your heartbeat and warm your cold and achy bones.
Ford v Ferrari – New to the Box and Redbox On Demand this week, this Best Picture nominee tells the true story of automotive designing legend Carroll Shelby’s (Matt Damon) attempt to build a race-car for Ford Motor Company that would help the US automaker compete in prestigious international racing competitions. Christian Bale stars as British driver Ken Miles — the only person Shelby trusted to drive his new car and beat longstanding champions Ferrari in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Rush – Another true story here: this one about the competitive rivalry that drove two 1970s Formula One racing legends — James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) — to the height of their careers … and unspeakable tragedy.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – Time to lighten things up! And no one can do that better than one of the funniest comedy duos of all time: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. In this spoof of all things NASCAR, Ferrell plays Ricky Bobby, a brash racecar driver who teams up with his best friend Cal Naughton Jr. (Reilly) in an attempt to defeat the equally egotistical French driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen). There are so many great one-liners in this movie on top of all the action, but the most memorable might just be “Shake and bake!”
Turbo – Kids can’t be left out of the fun! They’ll love this adorable animated tale from DreamWorks about a snail with big dreams of becoming the world’s fastest racer. And you’ll love its heartwarming message, as well as trying to guess which star is playing the various characters, because Ryan Reynolds, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Michelle Rodriguez and more are in the voice cast.
Cars 3 – And finally, I can’t leave off one of my favorite Pixar movies of the past few years. We’re a big Cars family, and this third installment was an instant hit with both my kids and me and my husband. Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) are back, but Lightning is feeling the weight of his years on the racetrack and looks to an enthusiastic young trainer, Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) to get him back in tip-top shape. But can he ever compete with the likes of his new high-tech rival Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer)?
What’s your favorite racing movie?