Going back to University to take on a Masters degree and working full time in a new job has taken its toll on my little blog. Boohiss! I am going to try my best to keep it up but you will have to bare with me and not lose interest completely 🙂 Thaaanks!
So, RUSH – the somewhat harrowing true story of the 70’s Formula 1 rivalry between James Hunt (rhymes with c…) and Niki Lauda. If you don’t like F1 and have never heard of Hunt or Lauda like myself, please don’t let it put you off. The delivery of this film is fantastic and the performances or totally gripping. From the first scene Rush grabs your attention (and makes you cover your ears!) capturing the electrifying atmosphere of Formula 1.
The plot of course focuses on the lives of Hunt played by Chris ‘Thor’ Hemsworth, and Lauda played by Spanish actor (and by no means a new comer) Daniel Brúhl. Hunt is a happy-go-lucky play boy who drives for danger and fame, from the first time they race together he gets Lauda’s back up who drives (he claims) because he is good at it and it will earn him money. Two polar opposites who you would expect to clash in any situation, let alone when thrust together going 200mph plus round a circuit.
Both the leads play exceptional parts here, Hemsworth’s British accent is flawless and he plays the play boy so well (it doesn’t hurt that he is very attractive). It is an honest performance and really shows his talent when the character starts to unravel. I can’t recall seeing Brúhl in anything before but he has a large catalogue of films on IMDB – his performance of Lauda is mesmerising and that accent is captivating! I understand why people might have mixed opinions of his character but I found the brutal honesty very entertaining.
Their supporting ladies are worth a mention, Olivia Wilde as Hunt’s wife – super model Suzy Miller, and Alexandra Maria Lara as Lauda’s devoted partner Marlene. As well as some memorable supporting cast, Pierfrancesco Favino (what a name!) as Lauda’s team mate Clay Regazzoni, Christian McKay playing Lord Hesketh the upper class friend and funder of Hunt’s, and a couple of faces from TV Series Green Wing – Stephen Mangan and Julian Rhind-Tutt.
Apart from great performances this film is very intense on the track. The use of sound and camera work during the races themselves is something to marvel at, none more so than at the ’76 German Grand Prix where Lauda famously has a horrific accident leaving him badly scarred. I was quite literally at the edge of my seat during this entire sequence and felt sick with anxiety for the man. I was totally gripped, and that’s down to the brilliant direction from Ron Howard as well as the build up of the character by Brúhl.
The story is told very well with the help of what I can only guess is real footage from the 70’s on TV screens during the film. The pace is great, I was never bored and thought the way they moved through the Grand Prix races to get to Germany was cleverly done and actually added to the tension seeing who won which race. I could feel the suspense building! The crash itself is executed very well and they kept true to the real life event by the looks of the footage of the actual crash. It is very distressing and the scenes of Lauda in the hospital actually made my friend leave the cinema screen for a few minutes.
Leaving the real life pictures and footage of Hunt and Lauda until the end of the film was a great idea, it gave it great impact and reaffirmed that this is in fact an incredible true story. It also makes you realise how brilliantly cast the leads are! And if like me you find yourself thinking, Lauda can’t have looked that bad when he went back to race, take a look at the pics below. Incredible man!
So I think you know what My POV is going to be – Go and see it at the cinema, you wont regret it!
PS. On another note, my little sister has started a Blog about her first year at University – any support from this wonderful blogging community would be greatly appreciated so please follow or tweet her link pretty please 🙂 www.achetwynd.wordpress.com / @AmyChetwynd on Twitter.