Much to be expected, this documentary follows his life through meager and humble beginning, tales and pictures from friends and family, lots of race footage, interviews as well as an up close look at the man behind the car, so to speak. I'll admit, I'd never heard of this guy before now, but I was moved by his Catholic good natured spirit, his love of his country (Brazil) and his selflessness when it came to the poor and needy. He was a good man, and I for one know all too well how the good die young and tragic. His accident and death are handled delicately (as you would imagine), but it's there in his eye when you hear him talking before hand, the preconceived notion that he knows his time's almost up. I can only imagine how bleak a feeling that must be when you feel someone (or something) walk over your grave. It makes things hit home that much harder.
SENNA isn't a film you'll know or have heard about unless you follow F1 racing religiously enough to know the who's who of the sport. Does that make it a hard watch? Not really. I've always admired these guys for having the balls to get behind the wheel of one of those things, it's got to be one of the most fear inducing sports on the planet. I got in a simulation pod once at an FX show in L.A. that simulated racing at the speeds these cars travel, as well as the heat and claustrophobic ends of it. It's not pretty, and let me tell you, you really have to love it. Ayrton Senna was a master of his craft, loved by his family and peers (even by his rivals from a professional standpoint) and went out doing what he loved at the San Marino Grand Prix. Some people get ignited by crashes at these events, thinking that's the best part of the show. Somehow I don't feel there's anything exciting about hitting a wall at 230kph, but that's just me.
Interviews: Some of these go above and beyond what's used and seen in the film while others are recycled in whole or in part. All in all they capture the essence of the man very well though.
Senna Family Home Videos: In a case like this (where tragedy occurs), I'd be more apt to keep these all personal. I can see sharing some for a better look at the good times, but then again, when a loved one is taken from us, sometimes it's okay to be selfish and keep these close to home.
Previews: There's a trailer for the feature as well as a couple other previews.