I know a lot of people will automatically pass on Ron Howard’s Rush because they have no interest in Formula One racing, those that do are going to miss one of the best movies of the year. Yes it is a one of the best racing movies ever made but it is so much more that it would be unfortunate to label it as just a racing movie. It is at its core a character study of self-examination and the film excels in this department.
Rush focuses on the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda who were both extremely talented Formula One drivers in the 70s but personality wise they could not have been more different. Hunt is a wild living playboy while Lauda is a pragmatic thinker. While it would be easy to portray one as a hero and the other a villain Peter Morgan’s script avoids such pitfalls thus allowing Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda to deliver excellent realistic performances of two complex individuals.
Ron Howard has crafted an excellent film, one I would highly recommend and if possible catch it on the big screen.