Asif Kapadia and Manish Pandey's film about the life of Ayrton Senna has passed a crucial litmus test, receiving the thumbs-up from cult film-critic Mark Kermode.
This was an important rite-of-cinematic-passage, not merely because of Kermode's popularity, but because he has no latent interest or understanding of Formula One. On BBC Radio 5's Mayo and Kermode Film Review, he confessed to being "gripped" by the movie, and also "terrified" by the on-board footage. On Kermode Uncut, he argues that the most exciting aspect of the film is that "it looks at people who have to some extent looked into the abyss."
When the film goes on general release in a couple of weeks time, it'll be interesting to see if it makes it into the multiplexes outside the major conurbations.