I’ve never cared for Formula 1 at all, but the strength of Senna is such that for 100 minutes I did care. Though I was aware of the final outcome, the way the story is told; Senna’s rivalry with Alain Prost, as well as showing the politics of the various teams, was engrossing. The documentary is made completely with historical footage of races, interviews and home videos; but there is also interview voice over if the footage is silent. In this way, Senna is more akin to The Imposter rather than a Michael Moore or Morgan Spurlock film, which perhaps results in a less biased documentary, but I’m not the person to know. I’m not familiar with anything else that director Asif Kapadia has made, though on the strength of BAFTA-winning Senna I quite fancy seeing Odyssey, and his forthcoming Amy Winehouse documentary could also be interesting.
A fascinating insight into a sportsman I knew nothing about, told with skill and emotion, Senna is definitely worth seeing, even if you hate F1. But, well, you know, that’s just, like, er, my opinion, man.