Rush


Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl
Year: 2013

 

HA:
Rush was everything I was hoping it would be and more.

Rush chronicles the lives and rivalry of Niki Lauda and James Hunt- two top Formula 1 drivers in the 1970’s. The two couldn’t be more different despite coming from similar beginnings- two hotheads who started out racing in Formula 3, with families who abandoned them fueling their determination and aggression to win, however their personalities and outlooks on life clash with fiery competition. The movie is so much more than the story of two hotheads though it depicts something much deeper, expressing love, infatuation and passion, however also the anger, pain and fear that comes from their competitive natures.

The movie is filmed beautifully – from the workings inside the bonnets of their cars to the slow-motion spraying of water as their wheels spin. The racing scenes are done so well and had me hand-over-mouth on the edge of my seat, while other grisly and disturbing scenes had me burying my head into AP’s shoulder.

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl’s performances are top notch, together they have a chemistry which works so well for their character’s rivalry. You can hear their- at times – hatred of one another, however you can see and feel the mutual respect that develops over time as they both go through the ups and downs of Formula 1 racing.

A special mention has to be said to Hans Zimmer’s contribution to the soundtrack- what else can be said of Zimmer other than that he is brilliant? You can check out the soundtrack on Spotify and I would recommend to do it now.

You really do get swept up in this story.

Final Comment: 
RUSH out and see it now! Ha…see what I did there?

 

AP:
Rush. Ron Howard’s new race car epic.
Speaking personally for a moment I don’t know anything about cars. The most I can comprehend is that I turn a key, push a pedal and off they go. That is the end of my knowledge on the subject.

Rush is the semi-biographical story of the professional rivalry between the Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt. The film takes on somewhat of a poetic license to the story, depicting the two of them as rivals though in reality, the two were friendly enough to share an apartment early in their careers. It wasn’t until the end of the film where it touches on the mutual respect and kinship that the two shared for each other.

Chris Hemsworth is a fantastic portrayal of James Hunt – he plays the role with a level of maturity, easily balancing the cocky, arrogance and confidence of James Hunt, a figure destined to live fast and die young. Though his accent sounded slightly off, this is probably because we’re so used to his Shakespearian-Thor tones and natural Australian accent.

The real treat is German actor Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda, who spent a month in Austria perfecting his accent for this film. The level of make-up and prosthetic work to ensure Bruhl physically looked like the famous driver is exquisite as are the facial burns from his infamous crash. Bruhl is exceptional and should be commended for his performance, depicting perfectly Lauda’s icy determination to succeed.

The camera work in the film is also spectacular, showcasing varying creative angles. The in-helmet shots were particularly amazing, giving you an insight to the driver’s world and perspective.

The story is well written and the film is fairly well paced. There is palpable excitement and tension during the racing sequences that gets your adrenalin pumping.

Hans Zimmer’s score is also, for the lack of a better word, amazing. It’s arguably his best work since his Batman scores, making up for the mishmash of a score that was Man of Steel. This score is non-stop awesome and was the first thing I downloaded after walking out of that cinema.

Ron Howard delivers an excellent visual account of Formula 1 racing during the 1970’s, coupled with an excellent portrayal of considerably the two most famous and influential drivers of the era.

Final Comment:
Don’t wait for the DVD. See it now.

 

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