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Race towards the checkered flag with ‘Rush’

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Ron Howard is one of those filmmakers that never seems to stick with one genre or style and yet still manages to deliver some great films. His latest, Rush, steps into the world of Formula 1 racing and in between one of its most bitter rivalries, but can it capture both the personal and emotional struggles as well as bring authenticity to the racing action?

Rush follows the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda and their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die. When the trailers for this movie started showing it seemed to not surprisingly focus on Hemsworth, but in reality this film is more than just him. This film is obviously a bit of an embellishment of these two iconic racers, but the film is crafted to tell both of their stories as opposed to trying to lean too far to one side. The story itself is pretty intriguing watching the careers of these two guys but add the complete different personalities and directions of their lives makes for a compelling film. Both Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl deliver excellent performances bringing these two legends to life. They had such great chemistry that brought the rivalry between them to perfect life. The gritty visual style lent itself perfectly to the race aspect which were extremely well done. Ron Howard clearly threw everything he had at this part of the film to not only make them intense and entertaining, but also to make the viewer feel like they were actually a part of it.

Filled with intense racing action, a great story and some graphic moments this might be the best movie on Formula 1 racing to date. While this film will likely not appeal to all, this is still one of Howard’s best films to date which is saying a lot with his impressive career.

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