Review Roundup: Formula 1 Racing Rivalry Chronicled in Ron Howard's RUSH
Rush Review Roundup
Two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) teams once again with two-time Academy Award-nominated writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless and legendary 1970s Formula 1 rivalry between gifted English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth of The Avengers, Thor) and his disciplined Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl of Inglourious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum).
Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of racing, Rush (already in theatres) portrays the exhilarating true story of the charismatic Hunt and the methodically brilliant Lauda, two of the greatest rivals the world of sports has ever witnessed. Taking us into their personal lives and clashes on and off the Grand Prix racetrack, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.
Let's see what the critics have to say:
Peter Howell, Toronto Star: "Ron Howard's Rush is every bit as commercial as the ad-festooned cars and uniforms of the Formula One racers he's dramatizing. Yet even as he steers directly towards the multiplex, he also gives art house regulars reason to start their engines."
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times: '"Rush" ranks among the best movies about auto racing ever made, featuring two great performances from the leads."
Michelle Alexandria: Eclipse Magazine: "In the early to mid 70s one of the biggest sports in the world was Formula 1 racing. At the top of the heap was the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Producer, Director Ron Howard has crafted a portrait of not only the relationship between the two but what it must have been like to attend an Formula 1 Racing event in the 70s. The movie features some of the best racing scenes ever put to film but it still feels like it's lacking something."
Ty Burr, Boston Globe: "Howard creates a vividly engrossing atmosphere of suspense, both in the individual races and in the overall battle for first place on and off the track. In a way, "Rush" is a philosophical drama about the varying ways men move through the world. It's just a really fast drama."