Rush recreates the true story of Formula 1 race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. In the 1970’s, their rivalry was known all around the world. They were two young drivers that wanted a shot to race in Forumla 1. Rush shows how their rivalry began after their first meet on the track.
Before seeing Rush, I did not read anything about the past of these two drivers. I had to keep some element of surprise for myself. Ron Howard is a great director whom has made many films that are regarded as classics but I don’t think Rush is among them. I was disappointed by it and was rather bored throughout the film. The film takes course over 6 years but time gets jumped around too often which could make the viewer lost. Characters get introduced but quickly disappear.
The film wasn’t all bad. Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Basterds) gave a wonderful performance by playing Niki Lauda, the Austrian Race Car driver. He was my favorite part of the movie and in some ways made Chris Hemsworth (Thor) performance better. Hemsworth played the British driver, James Hunt, who was considered a ladies man. His performance was mediocre but I do admire his dedication to the role. He had to lose a lot of muscle otherwise he wouldn’t be able to fit into the race car. Bruhl’s performance definitely saved this film for me.
I read the history of these two drivers and Ron Howard depicted their careers very accurately. But in my opinion, their rivalry wasn’t that exciting to watch. For some scenes there would be a lot of tension building up and then it would fall flat. Hans Zimmer provided a beautiful score but felt displaced from the movie. Otherwise, the film looked great and its race sequences were fantastic.
Rush is getting rave reviews and there is already Oscar talks. I can see definitely see Daniel Bruhl getting a nomination for his role. If you have a desire to see this film then I recommend going to see it for yourself because I am in the minority. As much as I like Ron Howard, Rush left me with discontent.
2.5/5 – Not Good, Not Bad