Rush: Director Ron Howard presents a re-creation of the merciless 1970's rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
Hello Film fans
Welcome to my newest Dr Film review. I will be reviewing Rush today. A film by Ron Howard, a director I'm not overly keen on. I have disliked some of his films in the past, but there are some films he's directed such as Rush, that I actually did enjoy.
Now I will start off by saying, I know nothing about Formula One. But you don't need to be a Formula One fan to go and see Rush. You also don't need to know much about the men it's based on. James Hunt and Niki Lauda, it would assist your intelligence and understanding of the film if you did. However the film fills you in with information about these men. It's not over complicated or has any loose ends, it's pretty clear.
Basically Rush is about the competitive spirit of these two formula one racing drivers, who are chalk and cheese. James Hunt - the typical British playboy who parties out after work and is a bit of a womaniser, and in contrast to him you got Niki Lauda who is a tactical driver who after work goes home and eats good food, and looks after himself, and isn't very popular with the other drivers. what plays to Niki's advantage is that he's quicker than any of the other drivers on the track.
The Storyline of Rush, is based on the true story of the great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt played by Chris Hemsworth. and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda who is played by Daniel Bruhl. The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport.
The film essentially goes back and forth between these two characters, and cuts in between scenes, it's cleverly done and makes sense. So I have no problems with that.
Here's a clip from Rush.
As far as the film is concerned, the more I think about the more I actually enjoyed the film. there were times when I had to step back and think 'actually that was a really good film'. It was so fitting at the end of the film that your cut in between shots and the audience see the real James Hunt, and other interesting clips. I thought that was a nice touch to finish the film off.
Though I think the film is concentrated more on James Hunt, It's Niki Lauda who guides the audience through the film and tells you the story. The narration was good, not all over the place just a little at the start, and a little at the end.
The pace of it I felt was great. It was a bit like a car with me. It took a while for it to get started, but once it started it was off, and your interest is on it until the end. Once you start to get into the flow of Rush, it becomes a drastic and really gripping drama.
Excellent cast, the cast were brilliant. Chris Hemsworth - superb. Daniel Bruhl - excellent. kudos to Ron Howard he nailed this film with the casting.
The Music is by Hans Zimmer, one of my favourite music composers. To be honest the man knows his stuff, he can produce a good score of music to a film. You have confidence that that music will work in the scene and set up an atmospheric vibe.
As far as historical accuracy is concerned, it's more or less all there. A little tweaks here and there to change things, but not that much.
For example James's habit of sleeping around with the girls, I'm pleased that that aspect of the character wasn't over dramatised, or seen as a bad thing. Another example of historical accuracy is the badge on James's jacket which reads 'SEX'.
But overall Rush is a good film, you should watch it. go to the cinema and see it while it's still out, or maybe buy it when the DVD comes out.
I will give Rush an 8/10.
Thank you for reading this review.
NEXT TIME : My next review will be 'Shaun of the Dead' a romantic comedy starring Zombies. I will post that review on Thursday the 26th of September 2013.