Rush – 5 out of 5
I follow Ron Howard on Twitter because the guy is talented and I like to see what he’s working on and what projects he’s excited about. While working on Rush, it was clear from his tweets that he was very passionate about this film. When I saw the trailer, I was interested (hell, Thor is in it!) but not to the point that I had to hit the theater and take a look at it.
Boy, that was a mistake.
|And the next race is on Rainbow Road!|
Based on the true story of the famous racing rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) during the Formula 1 1976 racing season, the film shows how the two men battle each other on the race circuit to be number one. Hunt is driven by fun and excess while Lauda is driven by the sport itself and a need to be the best there is. The two opposite ideologies but similar goals caused the men to push at each other and push it on the pavement. Even the tragedy that strikes Lauda isn’t enough to stop him from beating Hunt.
|Formula 1 racing is far classier than Nascar...even the lighting that fills this scene|
reflects this. Had this movie been about Nascar, the lighting would have been done
by a Miller Lite neon sign.
I’m not a racing fan—other than the fact they are driving fast, I don’t really understand the sport. I think there’s a point system or something involved and I’m assuming that there are pads littered on the track that make cars go faster and random spots of oil—also, I believe the cars have guns and missiles, too. I’m just not a sports guy, so unless the racing involves a blue turtle shell, there’s little chance I’m watching or being an active participant in it. Now, that being said…I really, REALLY liked Rush and can see why Howard was so passionate about this project.
|Stop staring. You have a Lannister brat to get under your thumb.|
First off, the story is just interesting and watching what drives these two men to…well…drive was just attention grabbing. The movie really just held onto my attention thanks to the whole “they’re rivals but they have a certain respect for each other" thing it had. It’s what makes a great sports drama a great sports drama. No one wants to watch the movie about a really great sports team/person just lay waste to their opposition. No, you want to see the best duke it out and have a level of seething hatred for each other than is simultaneously dosed by the respect they have for each others potential and skills.
|Hunt looks two seconds away from uttering the word, "Bro."|
|By the way, ladies, you get to see Hemsworth's butt|
in this film. You're welcome.
|"Let's get this podrace started. I earn my freedom from the Hutts if I win."|
|"This race is for my brother Mike. Mike Hunt! I'm winning|
this for you!"
|A camera man tries this at a real race, he might as well be a speed bump on the track.|
I didn’t think Rush would be a movie for me but I was grossly wrong about that prediction. The film tells a great story of rivalry and motivation, the acting is top shelf stuff and the action and camera work are just capable of taking your breath away (well, mine anyway. How's your breath holding up?). To say I was impressed and very entertained with Rush is to put it very, very lightly.