It’s rare that a big budget Hollywood film would be about Formula 1, and two drivers and their rivalry in the 1970s. However, Rush not only busts on the scene with a Formula 1 movie exactly about that, but it delivers on so many levels for F1 lovers, and general movie goers.
The movie is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between English playboy James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth and the methodical Austrian driver Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Bruhl.
With the story following their journey to Formula 1, both on and off the track, and their 1976 season. It is presently exactly how you would hope it to be and for those old enough, just how you would remember it when it was broadcast on TV.
To be honest, I didn’t know the story very well at all. This did allow me though, to look at this movie and story from a different perspective. Throughout the movie I was hooked and found myself cheering and cringing when those particular moments arrived in the story.
The cars look fantastic themselves, the casting is brilliant with a surprising amount of similarity between the actors and real life characters. I was also told, by a few who grew up with this period of Formula 1, that the attention to detail was pretty accurate.
It’s also pretty awesome to have your seat in the cinema rumbling whenever there is that beautiful sound of a Formula 1 engine. It was so good.
Originally when the trailer was first released, some readers were concerned that the CGI was going to be over the top, unrealistic and that the casting of Chris Hemsworth was a letdown. It’s good to report, after seeing the preview of the movie that those concerns aren’t concerns.
It turns out that both vintage race cars and replicas were used in the filming to give the best and most realistic presentation possible, and CGI was able to top off that experience. As for Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, they gave fantastic performances that made the movie so good.
If you were at first, apprehensive or not a fan of Formula 1. You should still see this movie. Not only does it do a good job of introducing the characters, but the story telling is fantastic.
Go see it!