Having not been around during the 70’s, the James Hunt/Niki Lauda rivalry wasn’t something I was familiar with, I’d vaguely heard about them but that was about it. The more images and trailers I saw for Rush, the more I wanted to see it. It wasn’t until I saw the trailer on the big screen, with the engines rumbling through my chest, that my interest really peaked.
Set against the golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), and his methodical, Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). From their beginnings in Formula 3, the story follows their distinctly different styles both on and off the track, their loves, all leading up to their astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die.
Making a film based around one of the most serious accidents, and biggest rivalries in F1 history must have been difficult. Instead Ron Howard makes is look very simple. The script is brilliant, as is the look of the film. The acting is simply fantastic. Chris Hemsworth steps into the role of James Hunt, playboy driver, and fits it perfectly. His sparkly blue eyes, wit and charm are perfect for portraying a man renowned for his womanising ways. As for Daniel Bruhl, his performance was breath taking.
In a story which involves someone being trapped in a burning car for a minute, you can’t escape burns. I don’t consider myself to be squeamish in the slightest, but the scenes in the hospital makes for uncomfortable viewing. As difficult as it is to watch, the make-up and effects are incredibly well done, and Daniel Bruhl is simply astonishing. His groans of pain as he tried to force his helmet over his serverely burnt face were heart-wrenchingly painful. After looking at pictures of the real life Lauda and Bruhl, it was clear that he was the only person who could step into the role, they look near identical – which is also a credit to the make-up department.
Even if you have no interest in Formula 1, you must go and see this film. It’s adrenaline pumping, edge of seat action, with brilliant actors and simply looks beautiful. If this film isn’t up for any nominations come awards season, there is something seriously wrong! This has to be my favourite film of the year, and also contains my favourite quote: “Men love women, but more than that, men love cars!”