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Rush Review: Formula 1 meets Hollywood

Modified 21 Oct 2013

Formula 1 meets Hollywood, and in some style!

F1 made its Hollywood debut two weeks ago with Ron Howard’s latest movie ‘Rush’. The story focuses on the iconic battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt during the 1976 Formula 1 season.

Unlike Senna, which was a documentary made with historic videos, Rush is a proper movie with all scenes being entirely shot in real. CGI has been effectively used to recreate some close fights and deadly accidents.

The movie written by Peter Morgan stars Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda and Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt. Both men looked very familiar to their real counterparts and Bruhl’s accent was almost identical to that of Lauda. In all, Ron Howard did a fine job while selecting the people to show the two heroes.

The movie starts with Hunt and Lauda battling it out in Formula 3. They then moved into Formula 1 through different ways and in different teams at different ends of the grid. Eventually their talent moves them to the big dogs with James Hunt moving to McLaren and Niki Lauda to Ferrari.

The story constantly changed it’s perspective from Hunt to Lauda and vice-versa. During this process, the movie managed to maintain a decent balance between their on-track and off-track battles. Special attention was given to show the direct contrast between Lauda and Hunt’s perception and way of living life.

As far as cinematography is concerned, the camera angles were out of the world and the accidents were recreated with great accuracy. Viewers were kept alive during the Japanese Grand Prix even after Lauda had deliberately retired from the race.

However, the movie did push itself to the boundaries while showing the off-track battle between the two drivers. In real life, as Niki Lauda himself says, they were great friends and their battle was limited to the track. But in the movie, the protagonists were shown as fierce rivals, with none of them missing a chance to insult the other with names like ‘pig’. But it would have made no sense for the writers to show such a dramatic fight between two friends.

One thing we liked about the movie was the attention to the details. When Lauda’s soon-to-be wife’s car got wrecked in middle of nowhere, they took the lift from a person whose car’s number plate read ‘F1′. Similarly, they showed the six wheeled Tyrell P34 twice during the final race in Japan.

The story ended with James Hunt and Niki Lauda meeting at a private airport. Lauda had just come from a pre-season test while Hunt was still celebrating his championship. Throughout their conversation, the protagonists tried to prove that their lifestyle was better than the other.

All in all, Rush is a must watch for every F1 fan. It has all the action to keep us entertained. The makers have given special attention in ensuring that even casual F1 or non-F1 fans like the movie. People belonging to these groups would particularly like the story and the on-track drama. But the biggest challenge for the movie lies in US, where it got released yesterday in full having already made its way in select cinemas in New York and Los Angeles last week.

Published 28 Sep 2013, 18:39 IST
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