There was a time when a Ron Howard directed movie was must watch cinema. The Oscar winning writer/director/producer had a 15-year run of commercial and critical success that rivals any director. Unfortunately, in recent years things haven’t been so rosy for the beloved former child star turned director. In his latest effort he delves into the world of Formula 1 racing and chronicles the true-life story of rival racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
Headlined by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl as the rival drivers whose contrasting styles pushed each other to the limit personally and professionally. The clips are slightly spoiler-y, but they also show the pair’s testy relationship on and off the track, as well as the legit risks they faced, particularly in conditions where death was a very possible outcome.
The reviews for the film are stellar, currently sitting at 89% on RottenTomatoes through 79 reviews. Whether the film will be a hit with audiences or not is another story, I can’t recall the last F1 racing movie that took off at the box office. After a summer of mediocre flicks it will be refreshing to see a good movie at the theater.
Two-time Academy Award(R) winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award(R) nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt, and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives.