The epic action-drama is about the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives. Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age...more
The epic action-drama is about the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives. Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die. less
“Rush is a well-made film with thrilling race sequences and fantastic lead performances. A must watch.”
You know a film is good when people who know nothing about the sport will also be riveted towards the end. Ron Howard and Anthony Dod Mantle achieve this in style! For Forumla One aficionados, this film is a treat (I had a 5-year-long affair with F1 but it's just not the same anymore). Rush is an extremely well-made film and easily the best film made on Formula One. It is well-researched and incredibly effective as a racing movie. Grand Prix (1966), Weekend of a Champion (1972) and Senna (2011) are the best films made on this sport but Rush goes one step ahead.
There are certain real-life rivalries that make for great cinematic adaptations. This one is on the Aussie stalwart Niki Lauda and the English playboy James Hunt. As with most film rivalries, either you're given a side to pick or you're given a boring vantage point. Ron Howard does a remarkable job of making an observant film. He gives you a larger perspective of the lives of the drivers and a peek into their personal lives. You're on the race track and inside the racer's heads but you're also looking at it from the outside, enchanted by the thrill of the sport and horrified by the dangers that come with it. Peter Morgan (who wrote Frost/ Nixon and The Queen) pens down a script an F1 movie would be proud to race along with.
While watching the film, I was rooting for Niki Lauda over James Hunt from the word go. Well that's because of having read several articles on him and seen him race many times before. The film portrays them both as "assholes" (I wish this word was a bit underused) but I guess you will pick a side any way. Even if the film doesn't ask you to. Daniel Bruhl's performance takes pole position. He portrays physical torment and mental anguish with dexterity. Hans Zimmer's score can never disappoint and provides some traction control.
Ron Howard, despite winning an Oscar, is one of the most under-valued directors in America today. While there are several filmmakers who make personal cinema and put their stamp all over, there are very few filmmakers left who make classic old school stuff. Ron Howard and Clint Eastwood are the only ones that come to my mind. At least only great ones. Splash (1984), Cocoon (1985), Willow (1988), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Frost/ Nixon (2008) - now that's a resume! None of these films try hard to show a directorial stamp but concentrate more on telling good strong stories. Rush is a damn good story, told with equal amounts of thrill and complexity.
It's perfect if you know nothing about F1 or cars. You will be surprised how much you will ended up liking this film. The blaring sound of the engines and the striking visuals whizzing past you are definitely worth watching on the big screen but it is the human drama that will sneak up on you without you realizing it. This is a 2 hour pitstop worth making,