Plot: The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
After seeing the brilliant documentary “Senna” months ago, I have grown this strong fascination for Formula One racing. And after I heard more about this movie, I absolutely had to see it. This movie, to begin, changed my perception about Chris Hemsworth; I liked him as Thor, and as The Huntsman, but I never really saw him as more than another modern actor with a pretty face. Hemsworth really, really shines in portraying James Hunt, in a fierce, brilliant performance that has really gotten overlooked this past year. He plays the remarkable racer with on-point precision and realistic depth. Daniel Bruhl, of whom I’m not overly familiar with yet (the only other film I’ve seen him in was Inglourious Basterds), also brilliantly captures the likeness and human-qualities of racer Niki Lauda, also giving an incredibly overlooked performance. Olivia Wilde gives a fine supporting performance, fantastically capturing the nature of Suzy Miller. It’s a goddamn shame that these performances were so overlooked this past year.
Ron Howard again brings his perfect style of direction to capture another true story quite brilliantly; the camera work, whether it be the races, or the scenes after or prior to the racing sequences, each individual shot was developed with a pristine amount of care and craft. He got the look and feel of the 70’s F1 racing culture down perfectly without making the film feel phony or all style and no substance. Not only that, but he also brilliantly recreated Lauda’s fiery 1976 Grand Prix crash, and the resulting scars of his crash and the makeup and effects used for this were stupendous.
Peter Morgan, screenwriter of brilliant films such as Frost/Nixon and The Queen, writes another well-written, based-on-a-true-story screenplay. He recreated the rivalry very well, making sure that the film was equally dramatic, thrilling, and sexy. It was accurate, and very well dramatized, keeping me on the edge of my seat the entire way through.
In conclusion, “Rush” is the sports drama to end all sports dramas; it’s incredibly thrilling, meticulously crafted, extremely accurate, and fiercely acted. Why this movie was so overlooked and passed over on any chance of an Oscar is beyond me, at the very least Ron Howard’s beautiful direction should’ve been nominated. Trust me when I say this: You need to see this movie!
My Rating: 9.5/10
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