When two Formula 1 drivers are fighting for the championships, year after year, it probably ends in a disaster. The friendship turns into an open fight. But here, with the Austrian Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Bruhl) and the British James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth), what started off on a sour and swearing note, ended up with a sweet taste of friendship and mutual respect. They fought for race wins, they pushed each other to the limit and the bond just grew.
The movie nicely depicts those moments from their long rivalry, which has the relevance to capture the audience. The rivalry between the two drivers goes back to the Formula 3 days, when for the first time the two drivers raced against each other. It was evident enough; something special is going to happen in the coming years of late 1970s. The movie gives an insight view of how tough the economics of Formula 1 was or still is; the contract negotiations between drivers and teams, finding sponsors for drivers and teams was and is, still the toughest to go through in the high speed sport.
Rush offers two different style of drivers; Hunt was more in the relaxed, party mood having a playboy image and Lauda, the opposite, having a strict, to the point attitude, with professionalism to its best use. But both had the equal hunger to outdo each other on track and win championships. The movie takes us to the 1976 championship, which changed the life of both the drivers in so many ways.
The turning point in the rivalry of Hunt and Lauda, probably, comes after the horrific crash of Lauda during the German Grand Prix. While Lauda, was fighting for his life in the hospital suffering massive burns, the professionalism in him, made him push to get back to racing. And his return to racing, after a near-death experience, arguably made him one of the greatest Formula 1 racer ever. The season finale in Japan, puts forward a big question mark for the fans to decide, was it, right? It is for you all to watch and decide.
The background score, done by Hans Zimmer makes the scenes even more interesting. The roar of the engines, so real that, one would require earplugs while the scene is on. Ron Howard and his team have done full justice with “Rush”, he visited Grand Prix’s, interacted with many Formula One administration officials, team officials, drivers, which helped him to deliver a high-quality movie. The movie is not only for motorsport or fast car fans; it is for everyone. It has the right amount of show for every movie fan. It has fast cars, women, drivers, risks, speed, emotions, love, hate, friendship, humour and everything you want to watch in an intense rivalry based, true story sports movie.
Call for a pizza, grab some popcorn, get your drinks ready and fix your reminders at 1PM or 9PM for 28th September, 2014. Yes, you read it right, the Indian Television Premiere of “Rush”, only on MOVIES NOW. No excuses for missing out.
Check out the premiere videos:
Niki Lauda: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=951705124844082&set=vb.176168352397767&&theater
James Hunt: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=951163121564949&set=vb.176168352397767&type=3&theater
Thank you for reading,