Starring: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara
Directed by: Ron Howard
Written By: Peter Morgan
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 3 min
Rush for me was not only a story about the famous rivalry between Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), but also the contrasting personal philosophy’s each man had. It seemed preordained that these two characters would collide, compete, hate, yet weirdly respect each other. Racing formula one or even making pencils! They’d likely turn everything they did into a competition to prove their approach was better.
How much enjoyment you get out of Rush will depend on how connected you are to either of these men. I personally get more out of a film if I have an emotionally vested interest in the outcome of the story and its characters. What I found with Rush though were two highly competitive people that I couldn’t really relate to. Despite the excellent work from Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth. Neither had traits I especially liked so as each beautifully filmed race scene came and went, I found I cared less and less about the outcome. This however was likely the intent since the film is based on true life events. It seems logical to stick to the facts in the story, rather than tweak characters to become more heroic or villainous and be more reel and less real. So while I approve of that approach, I still couldn’t help feeling a little disconnected from the film.
One good thing about Rush is – you don’t have to be a Formula One race fan to enjoy this. This story is about the two competing men. The fact they were race car drivers means we ended up at the track. The film is very loud during the races, and there are often moments of rapid quick editing that can be a little hard to follow. If you’re looking for a moving inspirational true life story where the underdog wins the day – this is not that kind of sports movie. This is more of a character study so keep that in mind.
Best viewing format:
Rush looks amazing! The period 70’s details were great, and the many slow motion shots during the race scenes in the rain were gorgeous. I suggest a digital matinee while it’s in the theaters, and a HD viewing at home.
Best element for me:
The photography and sound during the race scenes in the rain are fantastic. These scenes will give you a really good idea of how powerful yet fragile these cars were.