Rush is a movie based on F1 and movies on F1 are a rare breed. In fact this is just the second movie to be based on F1 after critically acclaimed Senna, a British 2010 documentary film that depicts the life and death of Brazilian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna. The biggest positive about Rush is that unlike most other sports based movie, the director has ensured that the movie isn’t biased. No judgement is passed about anybody.
James Hunt is flamboyant, carefree and wants to enjoy every moment of his life while Niki Lauda is very calculated, meticulous and very blunt. The film is all about the clash of these two personalities and their beliefs.
Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt is very convincing. But it is Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda, who steals the show. The performance by other actors are also good. One of the fringe benefits of watching the movie is that you would get to see some old F1 cars.
The best part of the movie is right at the end when the two men agree to disagree and Niki Lauda admitting that James was one of the few friends he had and one among the fewer men he respected despite all the conflicts and issues they had!
Rush has right mix of drama, adventure, humour and inspiration. On the flip side, there are exaggerations in terms of death rates and crash probability during 1970’s in F1.
Let me admit it, I am a F1 fanatic. I have read a lot about 1976 F1 season and yet I had a thrill of a ride. Although Rush is not at the same level as Senna.This movie is a must watch for all F1 fans! In fact you don’t need to know anything about F1 to enjoy Rush. If you like a story which has drama and inspiration, you can watch Rush. Because at times it feels like this rivalry was always meant to be a movie!