3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great entertainment, but the words `based on' are a clue,
This review is from: Rush [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
OK, Hunt didn't drive a Lotus at Crystal Palace, it was a Brabham. In the race it was Hunt who lost out, not Lauda who wasn't even there. At the time the two were good friends and sharing a flat in London. But we have come to expect a degree of poetic licence in films, and hyping up a sporting rivalry to a state of animosity does work dramatically. The casting of these two actors was nothing short of inspired - both portrayals are uncannily convincing. The track footage is not overdone, and excellent. Always better to do simple things well instead of complex things badly. Lots of images stand out, especially the enormous sideburns of the actor pretending to be Stirling Moss as commentator. Many scenes are powerfully atmospheric; the fear at the start of the soaking Japanese GP was palpable, very much like the moment before Bilbo Baggins et al charge into the Orc army in Lord of the Rings.
Overall, highly recommended as reflecting Formula One as it was, but don't expect it to be historically flawless.