OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Rush. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl. Directed by Ron Howard
I have to admit, I went into Rush with very little idea of what the movie was about, besides some vague idea that it had Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in it, and was about car racing.
It is, of course, about slightly more than that.
It is about car racing - Formula 1 to be exact - but it's specifically about the long rivalry between 1970s drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
They first clash on the Formula 3 circuit, and their rivalry extends into their respective successes on the Formula 1 circuit.
Hunt is the bad boy - as interested in chasing girls and getting drunk as he is in racing - while Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) is more serious-minded and methodical.
I'm not a fan of car racing. And, to be honest, sitting through two hours of what really boils down to two blokes measuring their . . . assets doesn't really appeal either.
However, Rush, thankfully is more than the sum of its parts, in the very safe hands of director Ron Howard.
He keeps everything on a relatively even keel, showing just enough of both drivers' personal lives to keep the story going, and plenty of track action for the petrolheads.
It's a solid, well-presented biopic of two men at the height of their racing career, and it also shows how their extended rivalry fuels them through the Formula 1 seasons, and, in particular, one ill- fated race in Germany where Lauda was badly injured.
He returns to the track, however, and it's testament to Howard's skills that he doesn't linger on Lauda's recovery or tenacity to return to the track, but essentially lets Lauda tell his own story.
Both Hemsworth and Bruhl suit their respective characters well, and they spark off each other nicely on screen.
Rush is decent and solid with occasional flashes of brilliance.
It tells a relatively simple story with depth and care, showing that even "zoom zoom" stories are more than what appears on the surface.
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