Wednesday, October 9 2013, 10:31 AM MDT
Movie Review: Rush
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Recommended To: Those looking for an engaging and entertaining drama regardless of your interest or knowledge of Formula One racing.
Synopsis: A biopic about the infamous rivalry between Formula One racecar drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl).
Review: As someone who knows little to nothing about Formula One racing I wasn’t familiar with the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. I had heard of Lauda, but couldn’t have told you a thing about him. So the fact that I was quickly won over by Ron Howard’s latest film was a pleasant surprise, particularly when you consider that neither Hunt nor Lauda are portrayed as very likable protagonists.
At its core Rush is a very simple film as it pits two people against each other, which seems to be screenwriter Peter Morgan’s specialty, and follows their “battle” to its end. The fact that it’s based on a true story (another hallmark of Morgan’s work) only serves to heighten the drama. This isn’t the high art of Morgan’s Frost/Nixon or The Queen, but it is an enjoyable journey filled with larger-than-life characters and the sort of high-adrenaline racing and antics that have made Formula One the popular international sport that it is.
I doubt that we’ll hear much about Rush come Oscar season (Hans Zimmer’s score, which features Michael Brook on guitar, might be the exception), but considering how terrible Ron Howard’s recent films have been (The Dilemma and Angels & Demons) it’s nice to see him rebound with a respectable offering that will undoubtedly be a crowd pleaser.
-Ryan Michael Painter