Directed by Ron Howard
Screenplay: Peter Morgan
Alexandra Maria Lara
Music: Hans Zimmer
Running time: 122 minutes
Plot Synopsis (via Wikipedia – I think everyone knows this):
Rush is a biographical action film directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan about the 1976 Formula One season and the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
Before I Start The Review:
I’ll start by saying I hate sports. All sports. Racing? Don’t care. James Hunt & Niki Lauda? I’d never even heard of them before this film and knew nothing of this famous rivalry. So do you think I actually liked this film? Oh my god – I absolutely loved it.
And now I have to say this – 2013 has been a disappointing year for movies. We’ve either had movies that were lots of fun but had terrible scripts & cliche characters (Pacific Rim) or we’ve had inferior superhero films (Iron Man 3) with over the top action sucking the soul out of something that had the opportunity to be a fresh new start (Man Of Steel). We’ve had a magic film (Now You See Me) already done way better in past films (like The Prestige) and a sci-fi film (Oblivion) already done way better in past films (like the myriad of sci-fi classics Oblivion wanted to be). And never mind all the sequels, remakes, and usual lack of any original ideas from Hollywood. And then there was Oz The Great And Powerful – don’t get me started on that…
So that leaves us with “based on a true story” films. Usually a safe bet but quite often lacking in “fun”. Being a movie lover, I hate feeling like I’ve been really negative about films lately (like I was in all the reviews listed above). So it’s with great pleasure that I can FINALLY say this: Rush was the most rewarding cinema-going experience I’ve had in a very long time and you’re now going to read absolutely nothing negative. 🙂
My Opinion On Rush:
Obviously I can’t speak of the true story (although I’m certainly interested in knowing more now!) so I’ll only be discussing Rush as a film.
This story, although in many ways quite a simple story about a sports rivalry, is absolutely fascinating. No wonder they based a film on it and how on earth had I never heard a thing about it? (That “I hate all sports” thing, I guess). Clearly by my excitement you can see you don’t need to be a racing fan to enjoy this film – you just need to be human and have at least a little bit of a heart (mine is pretty tiny). If you ARE a racing fan, though, you still won’t be the slightest bit disappointed. Howard gets the perfect balance, I think, between emotional human drama & edge-of-your-seat racing action. In a way I wonder if it was slightly more exciting for someone like me who had no clue how any of the races would end. I’m actually very glad I didn’t read up on any of the true story before the film as it probably made watching it much more intense.
As for James Hunt and Niki Lauda, at least how they’re portrayed here, what a couple of great characters! As this took place in the 70s and (thankfully) way before the days of Twitter & celebrities airing all their dirty laundry in public and getting on our nerves, I don’t know how much of this rivalry was played out in public & how much was just written about? I don’t know just how intense it got in real life but it was a hell of a lot of fun to watch in this film. I loved how they were so different yet SO similar, especially in their arrogance. I like how this movie made them human and made us truly care about them despite some very big character flaws in both of them. I think one of the biggest things I’ve always hated about sports is the arrogance that you get from some of the sportsmen (and women? Don’t want to sound sexist!). That this movie had me loving two guys like this by the end of the film was quite a feat. Honestly – you have no idea how “unlike me” it is to like guys like these & to enjoy anything related to sports.
Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt: Cocky, sexy, ladies man, bad boy all the girls want and all the men want to be, lives life to the fullest and doesn’t care about consequences. He was brilliant. Perfect. I couldn’t take my eyes off him and for once it was based on his performance alone.
Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda: Cold, arrogant, intense, has no friends, personal lifestyle the exact opposite of ladies man Hunt. Also brilliant. Perfect. Possibly even MORE brilliant and perfect. And by the end I guarantee you’ll love him. And you’ll love Hunt. Even though they’re still the same people they are at the start.
Heart-pounding human drama that captures all the excitement and fear that are a part of racing & the risk of death those drivers face every time they get into those cars for another race. And what surely must be one of the most fascinating and intense rivalries in the history of sport between two men so different yet so alike that they can’t stand each other? THIS is the stuff of great movies. I fell in love with these men by the end of this film and now want to know more and, hell, may even start watching racing. I can’t emphasize this enough: making ME like these men and admit to MAYBE now watching a sport? Honestly, you don’t know me so you have no idea what that means. This film is THAT good. And I’m going to steal my hubby’s line after the film: “But which one of these guys was truly LIVING life?”. The film seems to ask this & everyone will have a different opinion on that just as the two main characters in the film clearly do. But should a sports movie really be making us question things so deeply? Bravo, Ron Howard! Your movie moved this hater of sports.
My Rating: 9/10
And, yes – My list of 2013 Movies Seen has a new first place. As you might suspect. I’d use a racing term here if I knew any.
(Where are you Tim The Film Guy? For once you can’t say my rating is too low…) 🙂
I adored this as well. It’s so exciting and the characters are just so interesting…. but don’t pretend that you were only watching Hemsworth for the performance…those abs don’t lie!
I was trying to be all “professional” for once. But, oh my god, that naked ass!!!!! 😉
I usually like Ron Howard’s movies but this one doesn’t appeal to me. I’m not a big car driving movie fan…. good review!!
Thanks! But, dude – I’M not a big car driving movie fan MORE! Trust me. 🙂
Well – at least you got to enjoy some butt. I’m not a big fan of men’s butts either.
It’s a lovely butt…
Oh! And I should add that there are plenty of naked boobies as well. More boobies than man butts.
Really?? In a Ron Howard movie??
Yep. Plenty of boobs. And lots of sex. Hemsworth is a total slut in it. Hey – I put your image thingymabob on my blog thingamadoo! I’ll do a post with a link too! I know how to do something now! Thanks! 🙂
IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!! THANK YOU!!
Looks great – good job, you are an excellent pupil : )
I is smart. 🙂
I freaking love sports, well, football (soccer) and whatever major tournament is playing. I also enjoy F1, and all I have heard is good things about this movie. If you haven’t check out Senna, which is one of the best things ‘about F1’ (even though it’s not) ever put to the medium of film. I cannot wait for this movie! Awesome review, and glad you were movied by this movie.
Thanks. 🙂 I have wondered about Senna – know it’s meant to be good…
Really love Olivia Wilde and Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl is really growing on me. I may have to check this out if it keeps getting all these positive reviews. Great post!
Thanks. 🙂 I do recommend it!
I’m so glad you gave it high marks. I couldn’t care less about racing but am a secret fan of Ron Howard and always want him to do well. Love Zimmer’s scores, too, so wondered how this film works. Great post!
Thanks! 🙂 Oh I definitely recommend it. I guarantee you don’t have to like racing in the slightest. I’m still shocked my just how much I enjoyed this film.
I’ve seen this film popping up a lot being reviewed in my WordPress reader and your review seems to match theirs: that it’s a great film that everybody should check out. I must admit I haven’t seen any Chris Hemsworth films so this should be my first. I’ve added it to my LoveFilm list 🙂
I highly highly recommend it. And not JUST for Chris Hemsworth’s nudity. 😉
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Ron Howard has never really done much for me as a director. However, he surprised me here with just how embedded into this story he was, and for that, he deserves a mucho amount of credit. Good review.
Thanks. 🙂 Can’t say I’ve been a huge Ron Howard fan in the past either. But THIS was good! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Fantastic review table9! I thought this movie was freaking brilliant and it currently tops my list for best film of the year. I gave it 5 out of 5 in my review and I urge everyone to go see this on the big screen – don’t wait for home video! 🙂
Thanks! Glad you loved it too! It really is excellent. 🙂 Catching up on replying to comments here then must sleep before I pass out from exhaustion so I’ll give your review a proper read tomorrow!
You hate sports? I think I love you. 😉
Thanks! I, um, love you too? Lol! Seriously – sports are the worst. 🙂
So I didn’t like Rush half as much as I like your review. Seriously. A+ to you.
As to the film. I liked it, too, just not nearly as much as you did. But then that seems to be a recurring event in my life, at least as pertaining to this Ron Howard flick. I can admit to being in the minority. 🙂
Thanks again for the terrific review!
Wow – thanks! 🙂 I get a bit overexcited when I REALLY love a movie. Especially after a fairly disappointing year for films so far… And I was so glad at finally being able to do a completely positive review for a change as it felt like I was picking movies apart too much lately!
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