The year is 1970. Two competitors meet on the Formula Three track, and a fierce rivalry is born. On the one side there’s the Englishman James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), a party-boy risk taker, for whom life is not worth living if it cannot be enjoyed, on the other, Austrian Niki Lauder (Daniel Bruhl), a man of precision, who never lets the risks rise above 20%, described by those who work with him as “an asshole“. This is Rush, the latest film from director Ron Howard, based on the real life story of the two racers, culminating in the epic event of the 1976 Formula One season.
I have to come clean at this point – I know absolutely nothing about cars – but it almost seemed that the racing took a back seat at times to the complex rivalry, emotional development, and eventual begrudging respect between the two men. Sometimes one can get a little fidgety in their seat, but I found myself enthralled for the entirety of the two hour run time. Hemsworth and Bruhl are superb, and clearly a lot of time and effort has been put in by them, Howard, and writer Peter Morgan to create a compelling bio-pic drama.
The support cast includes Olivia Wilde as supermodel Suzy Miller (who Hunt marries) and Alexandra Maria Lara as Marlene Knaus (who Lauda marries); both women excentuate the character of their husbands, while at the same time being strong characters in their own right. There’s a slue of cameos from recognisable faces; Colin Stinton, Stephen Mangan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Natalie Dormer as a nurse, and an assortment of racers.
Hey, David from At The Movies gave in 4.5 Stars, and you know what he’s like.
- Rush is directed by Ron Howard, Screenplay by Peter Morgan, Music by Hans Zimmer. Chris Hemsworth and David Bruhl lead a cast including Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara and Pierfrancesco Favino.
- Bio-pic with car crashes.
- Rush is on general release in cinemas tomorrow (Thursday 3 October). Prices vary.