Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Rush movie review

Rush (2013) Poster

Tagline: Everyone's driven by something.

'Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die.'

Went to the Insider screening of Rush last night with my husband and it was a high octane, thrill ride of a movie.  This is the second director/screenwriter collaboration of Ron Howard and Peter Morgan after their highly acclaimed Frost/Nixon stage-to-screen adaptation in 2008. (The duo's third collaboration is also currently in the works) and it does not disappoint.  Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers Assemble) is excellent as Hunt, perfectly capturing the spoiled and selfish playboy.  Daniel Bruhl (The Bourne Ultimatum, Inglourious Basterds) nails the focussed role of Lauda and the hospital scenes are particularly outstanding.

Olivia Wilde (House, In Time) plays Hunt's wife Suzy and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Tudors) plays a nurse (and one of Hunt's early conquests) early on in the film and for me, I am not sure the female nudity was necessary as the wild parties and player side to his character was portrayed clearly enough without the need for this. 

The race footage is the best part and as someone who was not old enough to remember what happened in the championship, it was like being there in real time.  What a brave man Lauda is and ahead of his time in terms of realising and warning the organisers of the dangers of the tracks in wet weather conditions.

A truly exhilarating movie.                                           9/10               #Rush

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