“Rush” is a high-octane film based on the real-life rivalry of Formula One racing superstars James Hunt and Niki Lauda. As these two legends race to the top, not only are they in a competition against each other, they both have to fight personal demons as well. Audiences are racing to see “Rush,” which is considered by many to be Ron Howard’s best film to date.
This movie may not be exactly what filmgoers expect. Directed by Ron Howard, “Rush” is set in the world of 1970s car racing, but it’s really not about racing at all. “Rush” is about vanity, greed, excess, hunger, passion, self-destruction, and discipline. It’s about feeling alive and being loved by the big crowds yet being desperately alone. It’s these characteristics that draw the audience in, as the film has something that everyone can relate to one way or another.
Films that are based on true stories often have a high bar to reach in order to impress the audience, and “Rush” exceeds these expectations. The cast has great chemistry, and the acting is superb. Even though the budget was a fraction of what Ron Howard usually has, this movie focuses on amazing cinematography, fast cars, beautiful people, and the will to be a winner, all of which help make it a big-ticket movie that everyone will enjoy.
“Rush” opened in theaters in the United States in mid-September 2013. As soon as the first group of viewers left the theater, the rave reviews began flooding the Internet. People are saying that this movie has an Oscar-worthy script, stunning in-car footage, and top-gear drama. Others call the film an exhilarating heart-pumping triumph and the greatest racing film of all time.
The characters in “Rush” are part of what makes this movie so fantastic. The audience will recognize hunky Chris Hemsworth as lead man James Hunt. Hemsworth is known for his role as Thor in “Thor” and “The Avengers,” as well as for his presence in “The Cabin in the Woods” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” He plays flashy British driver James Hunt fabulously. Hunt’s rival is Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Brühl of “Inglourious Basterds” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” fame. Lauda is also a spoiled child searching for an exciting life, but he has a tenacious manner and a level-headedness that aren’t found in Hunt. Both men have the urge to win and use less than subtle means to reach the top.
Olivia Wilde shines as model Suzy Miller, making a strong impression during her short time onscreen. Her character marries and then divorces James Hunt. Some people say this is Wilde’s best role yet. Alexandra Maria Lara plays Marlene Lauda, Niki’s wife. Lauda met his wife in 1976 and considers their relationship to be built to endure. Lara is also complimented by viewers for her acting skills and her chemistry with Brühl.
What the audience found appealing about “Rush” is that both Hunt and Lauda are conflicting archetypes, but the film has no good guy or bad guy. Lauda is a cool Australian who mostly keeps to himself and is calculated behind the wheel. On the other hand, Hunt is more like a rock star or playboy who is all about the glamour and fame. He drives recklessly and takes chances that others wouldn’t in order to win. The movie is narrated by both Hunt and Lauda, giving the audience a chance to see both perspectives of the events as they unfold. This uncommon trait keeps audience members on the edge of their seats, flip-flopping on who they think is the better man.
People who have watched “Rush” appreciate the attention to detail used to capture life in the 1970s. The characters’ hairstyles, their clothing, and even the way they talk epitomize the ’70s. The period street cars and cameras also make the scenes in this movie completely believable. Audience members have commented that “Rush” is so dazzlingly true to life that it could be distracting to those who start to reminisce about this time in history.
Ron Howard’s “Rush” is an edge-of-your-seat race to the top that leaves the audience breathless and wanting more. The unique camera angles in the racing scenes make them exciting to watch, pulling the audience in deeper. With a strong supporting cast, outstanding acting, stunning cinematography, and magnificent visual tones, “Rush” is a masterpiece that will win awards. Even people who have never watched a car race will be enthralled by this film.