Formula One isn't the over seas version of Nascar.
In all seriousness, that's what I assumed Formula One was before I saw this film. I've never seen it on TV, I do not know a single person that has ever mentioned it. With all of that in mind, I was wondering if I could truly enjoy a movie about a sport that I was so in the dark about.
Well, I can, given Ron Howard is directing it. Rush is based on a true story about the lives of James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda, (Daniel Bruhl) two Formula One racers who had a much publicized rivalry.
How this film didn't get editing or sound nominations at the Oscars is beyond me. Both of those things really stood out to me. Especially the editing. The way this film is shot is quite extraordinary. The quick cuts during the races, when the pit crew is changing tires on the car, simple things like that were really magnified. The standout in this film is easily Daniel Bruhl. He gives a hell of a performance. It's not just because he's good at playing an asshole either. (Hello Inglorious Basterds) It's easy to view Niki as the antagonist early on, but he never fully becomes that when you're watching him. He's just a straightforward guy, where as James is more charming. They have an interesting "relationship" if you can call it that. It's a shame Supporting Actor was so crowded this year, I think overall, I would've substituted Bruhl for Abdi, but even that's a tough choice.
I ended up enjoying Rush a lot more than I thought I would. I almost went to it in theaters so many times, but I always skipped out last minute. Sure, there was an odd amount of boobs in a film about racing cars, but I like I said earlier, I was really pulled in, even though I didn't know the sport. It's how I imagine non-baseball fans felt about Moneyball.
Memorable Quote: "You were equally responsible for getting me back in the car." - Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl)