Directed by our very own Kiwi Rodger Donaldson, who also made the great kiwi film about Burt Munro ‘The Worlds Fastest Indian’ 2005. From Hollywood back to New Zealand, Rodger Donaldson, shows to a have a close heart for telling New Zealand stories about great Kiwi blokes, that make big from little, from the Garden Shed to take on the World. ‘McLaren’ is the story of Bruce McLaren that built one of the most formidable Racing teams in the world, from humble beginnings.
Bruce McLaren legend in motor racing, the guy accomplished so much before his untimely death at the young age of 32, 2 June 1970. Awe inspiring on how McLaren changed the map in car racing, the Documentary does a great case in covering all the momentous moments. The Documentary ‘McLaren’ ticks all the right boxes, interviews from those close to him, covering all the accomplishments this great man made, and how he was able to make those around him believe in him and follow in his dreams.
The Documentary, is glossy and polished, a mix of styles. Reconstructed scenes with actors, which I noticed interestingly do not show faces, slightly distracting at times. Animation is used but only in one instance, feeling oddly out of place. Though of course a documentary is a visual medium so there also needs to be inventive ways to show things visually, thats the challenge without being stale. Plenty of archive footage, with talking heads, mixed with stylish panache help the film move along with a fast pace.
‘McLaren’ lacks the clever design and intrigue of SENNA (2010), docu film of F1 race driver, which I feel is a allot better film. I bring this up, as it brings me to a point I felt I was missing in the ‘McLaren’ that is the personal side of Bruce McLaren, the behind scene stuff that no one talks about, the rascal, the dirt. This is still a very worthy film of watching, there is enough to take in, and absorb. I just wanted more of the private side of Bruce McClaren, not just his amazing and incredible achievements.