directed by Ron Howard
written by Peter Morgan
starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde & Alexandra Maria Lara
Rush is a story based on true events of the Formula One season 1976. It’s a story of two rival drivers, James Hunt and Niki Lauda. It’s a story of heroism, bravery and discipline. And it’s a movie that is really well made.
The director Ron Howard knows how to make you sit on the edge of your seat. Or like in my case, almost stand up before realizing I’m not actually watching the race but just a movie. Everything in the film is top-notch. The cinematography is beautiful; the rain has rarely looked so amazing. The editing is perfectly made; it supports the excitement of races perfectly. The sound of the whole film is of course well-balanced, although I got to say I would have preferred in some points the soundtrack (Zimmer once again makes amazing composing job) rather than the noises that the cars are making. But authenticity is there in sounds of tires screeching, and after seeing the film, I really wanted to watch some Formula One races again.
Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda is impeccable. I would give him an Oscar nomination. And Chris Hemsworth, who, to me, has always only been a hunk, truly shows he can act. And he’s also naked. A very nice plus for us females. All the other actors are making a good job as well but they are only support characters, this story is about those two men and about the winning.
Besides the thrilling races, this story has a heart. You support both drivers from one lap to another. Both of them are only humans even though Lauda might seem a super human from time to time. And if the story went like that in real life, these guys had one hell of a year.
I truly recommend this one. The race to the Oscars has started. Hopefully this one is in it.
Stars: ****½ (out of 5)