However it was the performances of the two leading men that really took it from good to spectacular. Daniel Bruhl embodied Niki Lauda so perfectly I almost forget that it was a film and not a documentary at one point, and Chris Hemsworth got the devil-may-care but ambitions James Hunt to a tee. Bruhl’s Lauda did, however, steal the show.
Last night I went to see Rush, which is the biopic of Niki Lauda, James Hunt, and their rivalry/friendship on the Formula One circuit in the 70’s. I went into the film with really high expectations – I grew up ten miles from Brands Hatch and the Grand Prix was huge part of my childhood – and thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. In fact it’s the best film I’ve seen this year!
The script, cinematography and casting were superb and the way the original footage was integrated was true genius. Now I know that Formula One isn’t on everyone’s list of interesting topics but this isn’t just about fast cars. It’s about what drives (excuse the pun) people, what attracts them, what repulses them and how friendship blossoms in the most unlikely of situations. It’s realistic, gritty (you may need to close your eyes during the part in the hospital – I certainly did) but it’s also extremely uplifting and edge-of-your-seat gripping. Yes, despite knowing exactly what was going to happen – it is a biopic after all – my heart was pounding for most of the film.
I really cannot praise this film highly enough. It felt real, it took my breath away in parts, and it reminded me how far courage and determination can take you. It really is more than worth the price of the ticket, so do go if you can.