With any biopic, the most important thing is accuracy. The right words, the best look-a-like, the right clothes and everything looking like it's just jumped out of that time period. After seeing the trailer for Rush, I was satisfied that I would not be disappointed with this film and I was not.
Rush is a film by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, is about a rivalry between two famous Formula One drivers; James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The movie centres on a devastating crash in Nuremberg and the events leading up to it as well as the events after. But Rush is a tale about the differences, the competition and the contest between Hunt and Lauda and how that conflict drove the famous world of Formula One racing.
One that was disappointing was before the crash happened. The main focus seems to be on James Hunt, Niki Lauda's rival, rather than on Lauda himself. Instead you see snippets of how he worked himself up to get to Formula 1, then the crash, and then the focus switches to Lauda. However, if you think about it; the press mainly focussed on Hunt before Lauda's accident, and occasionally glimpsed at Lauda when he won a race, but more after the crash. Is the film reflecting the press approach to these two characters?
The special effects are an incredible depiction of what happened to Lauda after the accident. He was caught in the middle of a fire ball for over a minute, so burns would have been severe. The SFX team did a brilliant job of creating that effect of human burns. A fair few people (including myself) were gagging when they are peeling off the bandages, because they look so real.
James Hunt's character was played by Chris Hemsworth, a much more well known actor. Similarities in looks were almost the same, but he just didn't look too much like the original person to me. Another disappointing feature was his voice. As much as I love Chris Hemsworth, he sounded like Thor. Everything he said sounded like it was taken from Shakespeare because of the voice he put on.
Overall, Rush is a highly excellent biopic, with amazing special effects, beautifully portrayed characters, accurate story and extremely fast cars. Even if you're not a fan of biopics, you will be after seeing this film, and you'll be on the edge of your seat with excitement, fear and adrenaline...much like the Formula One drivers themselves.
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