Rush Review: A Brilliant Rivalry
Rush follows two Formula 1 drivers back in the 1970’s, focusing on the rivalry between them in the 1976 season. I didn’t know the story or the drivers prior to this movie that’s based on a true story. I’m not even the biggest Formula 1 fan, though I do appreciate the sport and enjoy the video games. However, whether the viewer is a fan of the sport or not, this movie captures great intensity throughout that’ll have viewers fully engaged in the film and caught up in the excitement.
It tells the story of James Hunt, a well-liked but hothead driver, and Niki Lauda, a talented and determined to win driver, as their rivalry peaks in the 1976 season. This movie does such an excellent job of intriguing the viewer that they’ll be caught up in all the drama on and off the track. Instead of it being a movie that tells a story about a rivalry where the viewer loves one guy and hates the other, it actually allows for the viewer to really appreciate both drivers and their huge differences when it comes to racing, competition, and life.
I don’t want anyone to read this and think it’s a movie that’s purely about cars, racing, sex, drugs, and alcohol – because while all those aspects are present in the movie, the storytelling, directing, and overall production of the movie makes this an entertaining and engaging film for anyone. It’s such a great story that will capture everyone’s attention all the way to the end of the race (movie).
What more can anyone ask for in a movie, really? Everyone who watches this film can see why this is a story that needed to be told. It’s so fascinating to learn about how dangerous Formula 1 racing was back in the 1970’s, and to learn that drivers died every year racing in this league. Knowing that creates another level of emotion as the story is being told. The viewer could actually feel the danger in every race thanks to the great directing and camera work that was done throughout the film. There is a bonus feature on the Blu-ray that covers a lot of the camera work and production and it’s absolutely fantastic to watch.
Hans Zimmer also did a brilliant job with the score, especially in key moments of the film where the intensity is high. Since I didn’t know the story, I had no clue what was going to happen next. The music played a big part in setting up the drama for when everything was coming to an end. INTENSE!
Rush tells a wonderful story so incredibly well. It makes the viewer love the rivalry and cheer for both drivers at the same time, even with all their personal issues which also adds to the entertainment. It’s a brilliant movie with great acting and directing, along with great camera work and a lovely score that all comes together to create a must-see film.
After watching the movie on Blu-ray, make sure to check out the bonus features as they are also very interesting to watch. These features do a great job of filling in some of the background story and the creative process of the movie.