It’s been a few months since I’ve been to the cinema… and when I went to get my tickets for Senna at lunch time I remembered why. £9 each. NINE POUNDS!! How expensive? How can you justify that cost Odeon? We were only saying on the way over that we should go to the cinema more often, but it’s not gonna happen at that price. And yes it’s cheaper on a Tuesday, but Tuesday wasn’t convenient. And yes there is Orange Wednesdays, but I’m on O2. You can buy a new release DVD for £9 at the supermarket!
Despite the cost, Senna was an excellent documentary film. Made with the permission and in collaboration with his family and charity, the film tells the story of Arton Senna’s life, and untimely death. It brings across the idea of humility in sport, good and bad sportsmanship, and what it takes to be at the top of your game.
The film of course shows the events of that terrible weekend in Imola in 1994 – a weekend that saw Rubens Barrichello crash on the circuit during practice when his car became airborne, but he escaped serious injury; that saw Roland Ratzenberger killed during the final qualifying session when his car appeared to lose part of a wing and smashed into a concrete wall; and finally saw Senna crash out during the race. That weekend resulted in massive changes in driver safety and no-one has died in an F1 racing car since.
The documentary takes you through the highs and the lows, showing footage from driver’s meetings, voice overs from people who knew him, and gives an insight into the man that has been labelled one of the greatest motor racing drivers of all time. You come away with a real sense that this man knew what he wanted, did what he could to achieve that, and was only motivated by getting better every day.
A very well made, emotional film, that is a must-see for anyone who has an interest in Formula One.
20/06/11: Odeon – £9 each!! Senna – an excellent and moving film.
EDITED 27th June 2011 to add:
It turns out the Odeon in Lincoln is the most expensive in the region. Nowhere else is £9 each! See the report on The Lincolnite.