I was fortunate enough to be able to see the new RUSH movie last night. This film has had a lot of buzz around it, and for good reason. If you’ve not yet seen the preview for it, check it out below. After that, you can read my review. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers.
Yes, the movie was about racing, but also about the human element of the two Formula 1 drivers. The rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda is played out in absolutely brilliant fashion. Their characteristics are perfectly displayed, and very accurate. Hemsworth and Bruhl were both fantastic in learning the proper accents and mannerisms. You may think what is shown in the previews are probably the best parts, but there is so much more.
The whole perspective of the 1970s era is portrayed extremely well. There was definitely a lot of research done to make sure everything was done correctly, from the cars and tracks, to the way people spoke and dressed. The wet weather conditions and the effect it had on the racing was really brought to life in a way that’s difficult to describe. Lauda’s accident, and the horrible treatment (lung-vacuuming) that he went through is very detailed. These are things you’d expect from a Ron Howard directed film.
Perhaps the best part about the movie is that everything is held as close to the “true story” that it was, which is rare in these days where “based on a true story” can have an entirely different meaning. Not only is everything in the movie true to detail, but you don’t even have to be a racing fan to find yourself captivated by the story. The supporting cast was good, but didn’t stand out as much. I will say that Lauda’s wife was very good in her role though.
There are a few scenes that seemed a little cheesy, but the script was very good for the most part. There is plenty of drama of course, but there are also some good humorous moments and one-liners. Hardcore Formula 1 fans may not like the portrayal of Louis Stanley in the movie, but it doesn’t take away from the film in any way. Another great thing was that even though I knew what was going to happen, the movie kept me on the edge of my seat.
Personally, I was very hyped up for this movie when I heard it was being made, and it actually exceeded my expectations after watching it last night. Despite knowing how the whole situation between the two was going to end, it was still refreshing to see the true drama and tension of Formula 1 during that era. There were some fairly graphic scenes in the movie, specifically with the racing accidents.
There are big chunks of the movie that focus on the sex, drugs, and drinking, and there is plenty of nudity. As far as the racing scenes go, there aren’t as many as you would think. The real emphasis is on the drivers’ lives, and most of the races last just a few seconds, then show the results. Nevertheless, it shows how dangerous the sport was back then, and how the drivers risked their lives every single time they put their helmet on.
It’s hard to compare this movie with the other racing movies that we all know are out there. Of course, it’s better than Driven and Talladega Nights. Is it better than Le Mans and Grand Prix? I have to say it is, and by a wide margin. I realize that in today’s society, we all love the latest new thing and instantly put it at the top of the list. Still, for everyone I spoke with in the theater last night, we all agreed that the movie lived up to it’s title.
I want to be careful with my words, but I also want to give this movie it’s proper due. In my honest opinion, I think this will go down as one of the greatest racing movies ever made. In short, if you liked the Senna movie (and who didn’t), you are going to love this one. The movie opens in theaters on September 27. Go see it, you will not be disappointed.