There’s something about racing movies that I just find really contrived and unrealistic. It seems impossible to make a good fictional racing movie because it all just seems so “that would never happen”-ish, and even though that’s what you look for in a movie, an interesting story, it just puts me off because some of the results are laughably bad.
It would be interesting to see a racing movie based on a real event (isn’t there going to be one based on Niki Lauda and James Hunt’s battles sometime fairly soon?).
As far as racing documentaries go, one of my favourites (considering I’m getting Senna for christmas so I can’t judge it just yet) is ‘Faster’ by Mark Neale. It’s about MotoGP in the transition era between the 500cc’s and the MotoGP era (around 2001 and 2002), though it also covers other interesting parts of the sport’s history, such as the duels between Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwants in the 80s/90s.
It was one of my reasons for getting into MotoGP, and I’d seriously reccommend it to anyone interested in MotoGP or anyone with even the vaguest interest in motorsport in general.