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In Ron Howard’s latest true life retelling, we travel back to the sexy seventies and the intense rivalry between two of Formula 1’s best drivers of the era and , Rush delivers on every level.
The two characters that the films focuses on could not have been more different, Niki Lauda(Daniel Bruhl) was the consummate professional on and off the track with immense skill and very little skill on a social level. He was not liked by many, but was certainly respected by most for his amazing technical abilities both in the car and in the garage. Then you have James Hunt(Chris Hemsworth) was the polar opposite, a charismatic playboy who loved partying, drinking and doing everything that was considered bad for you, but whom was also one of the fastest, most naturally talented drivers the sport had ever seen. He was well liked for his witty, friendly attitude of the track and respected for his lack of fear on the track. The film focuses on the dramatic 1976 season when the rivalry came to a head. Two drivers who had been competing for 6 years were finally on equal footing and it would eventually come down to the better driver.
In terms of material, screen writer Peter Morgan(Frost/Nixon) had no shortage of events both on and off the track to put on paper, and in their second collaboration, Morgan and Ron Howard(Frost/Nixon) have done an absolutely stunning job of bringing the story to life on the big screen. The use of angles and lighting along with the use of what feels like a million different cameras creates a true sense of the speed and violence these cars were capable of. Rush is truly on of the most beautifully shot films I’ve seen all year and truly makes you feel like you are there in the moment. Everything from the opening scene to the dramatic final race creates tension and excitement. This is also thanks to an excellent script that really makes you feel part of the tale as well as creating a real connection with the characters.
In terms of the cast, Rush could not have done better. Chris Hemsworth(Thor,The Avengers) plays the playboy, carefree persona of James Hunt to perfection. The emotion that Hunt experienced going from a cocky Formula 3 driver to a top class Formula 1 driver is felt in every scene. His connection with his wife, Suzy Miller(Olivia Wilde) is a small part of the story, but the effect it had on him as both a man and a racing driver is clearly present. But it’s Daniel Bruhl(The Fifth Estate, Inglorious Basterds) as the un-personable Lauda that steals the show. One can see and feel why he was so disliked by his competitors and the Formula 1 community in general, but you also can’t help but respect him for his technical brilliance in making the the cars better and driving to the limit. The rivalry and relationship by these two is perfectly envisioned on the screen and both actors do a fantastic job of making it feel as real as it was.
At the end of the movie I couldn’t help but smile, as it was truly one the most enjoyable films I have seen in quite some time. It really has everything, from truly fast paced, action packed racing scenes to drama filled, emotional scenes between both rivals and and their respective relationships
If you haven’t seen it yet, stop what you are doing, get in your car or on your bike and get to Major Cineplex at Tesco Lotus immediately to watch it.
Samuitimes gives Rush an amazing 9/10 palms.