It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that ‘Rush’ had been announced, and after a much awaited release date, it’s finally arrived on our cinema screens! Several fans from the F1 community were eager to see the very first screening in their area, and the immediate response was excellent. It is a Formula 1 based story, but it’s certainly not just for petrol heads.
Ron Howard was the perfect man to take on a challenge like putting Hunt and Lauda’s breath-taking rivalry on to the big screen. It soon became very evident whilst watching the film, of how well it was put together. The pictures, the sound effects, the actors and the scenery were all very thrilling, and even the small extra bits of detail were faultless. Peter Morgan did a great job scripting the whole thing, and it doesn’t take long before you get deep into the film – the two hours seemed to fly by.
The overall piece was brilliant, and I couldn’t think of a better place to watch it than at the cinema. You get the full experience whilst you’re there, and the sound was just incomparable (unless you witnessed the real thing). I wouldn’t at all worry if you don’t know much about Lauda or Hunt, because the film is very clever in which it shows their real personalities without going too over the top.
The pictures were beautifully done and at some points it was as if Howard had used real footage. You are well and truly on the edge of your seat, even though you may know the outcome, and there’s no part in the film that makes you feel bored or uninterested. Even the parts that were off track were intriguing, and the footage of them racing was extremely adrenaline rushing.
I couldn’t think of anyone more perfect than Chris Hemsworth to play the role of James Hunt, and Daniel Bruhl got Niki Lauda down to a tee. The film puts emphasis on the drivers rather than the machinery, and because of that you really get to understand what it takes to be a world champion. It gave me chills when Lauda/Bruhl explained that Hunt was equally responsible for his comeback, likewise to when the commentator announced that Lauda had finished 4th in Italy. You really experience so many emotions during the movie.
I am however, quite a squeamish person, and I should point out that if you are like me (who is a bit rubbish with gore and blood) you will need to look away, as there are a few scenes that are very graphic. Niki Lauda’s hospital treatment scene was very hard to watch and the sound that went with it made me feel sick – brilliant acting on Bruhl’s behalf though! Francois Cervert’s crash was also very detailed, and not very pleasant, but those events are crucial to the 1976 season. Don’t let those scenes change your minds about viewing the film, because you’ll kick yourself if you don’t.
Rush keeps the suspense building until the last flag is waved at the Japanese Grand Prix and you really get to understand what the conditions were like back then. But the best thing about Rush, is at the end of it all, it shows real images and footage of both Hunt and Lauda. A real tear-jerking moment.
Have you seen Rush? What did you think?