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Review of "RUSH"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2013. Written 5th December 2013. First published 5th Decemebr 2013. Revised 17th May 2014. Revised 3rd January 2015.
REVIEW: "RUSH" by Jayne Waterford

If I may suggest, see the film before you Google these guys. Ron Howard's "RUSH" (2013) is an exciting portrait of a glamorous global phenomenon. You want to go in without spoilers.

Formula 1: Every year 25 drivers begin and one is killed.

*spoilers*

Ron Howard very cleverly shows us a sport, car racing, in a way that is sexy for everyone participating. Even I remember events in this film being on the news at the time. Everyone had an opinion about how Formula 1 was becoming a two horse race (Ferrari and MacLaren).

His story is informative. It begins in Formula 3, as if I knew there were classes of racers topping up the top 25 every year.

Highlights for me include an exciting recreation of the 70s aesthetic. Sure Hunt (Hemsworth) had more volume and hair product than Hunt of the 70s (died 45). And there's patiently more respect for women generally. But everyone looks their era best.

The Women:

There's a favoured look, large eyes, round forehead, long hair and pretty lips that was favoured at the time. A look. A tanned look. Our leading players, Hunt's inattentive wife, Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde (Joseph Kosinski's "TRON: LEGACY" (2010))) and Lauda's gorgeous supportive wife Marlene Lauda (Alexandra Maria Lara (Stephen Daldry's "THE READER" (2008)) had it in spades. Women are defined by their relationship to the drivers or celebrities only. The popular feminist politics that bloomed from the pen of Germaine Greer and others during this time is irrelevant. Never the less the women are strong, giving the story a contemporary and familiar flavour.

The Cars:

The cars are gorgeous. It's funny to watch Lauda (Bruhl) take a Ferrari Formula 1 car for a test drive and hear what he has to say when he returns. The cars are the props that propel our hero's obsession. They are the reason we are all there and Howard’s recreation of the historic races is priceless. He enables us to feel thrilled. Tanned and half naked people are up trees dotted around a track to see the cars whiz by. The state of the cars dictate our drivers fortunes and Lauda's engagement with them determines his success. But

once the cars present no mechanical or legal issues it comes down to the fortitude of our heroes to risk their lives, do battle and out point each other in states of emotional exhaustion.

Their lives are thrilling and the largest audiences in our cinemas over the last month bear testimony that we want to experience that fame and excitement.

In the end our film is a portrait of two friends. They are men who have pitted themselves against each other in an exclusive environment and can only understand each other even though they are so different.

Bruhl's performance through the injured part of Lauda's career is very moving. I couldn't look away. Hemsworth is engaging and thoroughly likeable, as was Hunt. 8/10

Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2013


Ron Howard's
"RUSH" (2013)

Director Ron Howard
Producers Andrew Eaton, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Peter Morgan, Brian Oliver
Stars Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara
Release Date 3rd October 2013
Category Action Drama Biography
Running Time 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes)
Rating MA15+
Origin USA, UK, Germany, Austria
Coda Ends with what happened from Lauda's POV incorporating historical footage of Hunt and Lauda.

Distributor Hopscotch Films
Official Blurb "From two time Academy Award®-
winning director Ron Howard, set against the golden age of Formula 1 racing, "RUSH" portrays the fast paced, action packed and exhilarating true story of one of the greatest rivals the sport has ever witnessed – James Hunt versus Niki Lauda, and their illustrious Formula 1 racing teams, McLaren versus Ferrari.

Privileged, charismatic and handsome English playboy, James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) could not be more different from his reserved and methodical opponent, Austrian born Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). "RUSH" follows their checkered personal lives both on and off the track and charts their rivalry from its inception in Formula 3. Here they competed viciously against each other until Lauda’s superior business acumen and surgeon like precision behind the wheel propelled him all the way to Formula 1; eventually landing him the number one spot at Ferrari. However it was not long before unruly golden boy James Hunt fought his way into Formula 1, and into the hearts of a nation, dramatically seizing the world championship from Lauda and proving to the critics, and more importantly himself, that there was real substance beneath his stylish exterior. Polar opposites pitted against each other in the most dangerous sport in the world, Hunt and Lauda were pushed to the breaking point of their physical and psychological endurance." - Hopscotch Films PR

F1 rivals, the playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, left) and the meticulous Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) in a scene from Ron Howard's "RUSH"
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Model and wife of James Hunt, Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde) in a scene from Ron Howard's "RUSH"
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F1 champion Niki Lauda crosses the line in a scene from Ron Howard's "RUSH"
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Marlene Knaus (Alexandria Maria Lara, left) meets Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) in a scene from Ron Howard's "RUSH"
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F1 playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) in a scene from Ron Howard's "RUSH"
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