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One for the ride!,
This review is from: Rush [DVD] (DVD)
When this film was originally advertised I dismissed out of hand it as just another teen-flick take on the F1 scene, complete with Hollywood hunks and likely facile dialogue. Then we had an email from our local cinema club, who is more discerning, to say it was actually very good. So, we gave it a try.
The title and advertising board doesn't do it justice.
It's a great film, much more than about exploits on the track. It's almost a documentary; covering the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 70s. The film revolves around both who are diametrically opposed in character. Lauda comes across as the more skilled driver, but Hunt is more agressive regardless of safety and, as the film progresses through the 1976 Grand prix year, the tension builds nicely between the two. It's better if you can't recall the original outcome as it's factual, as I didn't. But even if you do, the build up will still draw you in.
Britain's Hunt is the proverbial hedonistic playboy, risk taker and womaniser. Austrian Lauda is cold, calculating and utterly professional. Their compelling antipathy is nicely delivered, great acting and good settings. There is no 'good guy' and 'bad guy', both drivers have their flaws and positives and this is brought out well in the film.
Good to see it on the big screen where the impact is greater but I think it will translate to the TV (flat screen) very well. It's fast, interesting and has enough depth to hold people who are not motor racing aficionados. Give it a go!