rush-reviewIt’s about that quintessential rivalry which is required if you want to move forward in any competition to make you strive for more. Based on the events happened in the 1976 Formula One Season, Rush directed by Ron Howard is one super ride through the mind games. With solid technical backup and more focus on what to covey, this one is sure to enlighten you.

The story is basically about the rivalry between the formula one drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. What lead to the rivalry and how it influenced the career and life of these drivers is what the movie trying to showcase.

The partly autobiographical film is narrated from the perspective of the more determined Niki Lauda. The build up towards the characters is quite formulaic at the beginning and it’s that shift after the unfortunate accident which makes the movie intriguing. And more than a cliché race winning conclusion, they have given more focus to that dialog Lauda says in the beginning about victory- it’s about the ability to see the whole picture. The film also succeeds in making us feel for the hurt in a way he deserves. The visual tone which resembles the video footages of those days mixed with latest technology manages to keep the film retro and at the same time strong in technical quality.

On screen, it’s Daniel Brühl who scores the most with his performances. The character of Niki Lauda which was disciplined, determined and focused was safe in his hands. Chris Hemsworth carries the role of James Hunt with required attitude and lack of discipline. The female leads don’t have much to do in this sports drama even though their characters were influential in the evolving of the male leads.

Direction is pretty good as it managed to maintain the momentum offered by the script. The script has that aggression and they have included the life events sensibly without making it too dramatic. Dialogs are cool. Background score is ok. The cinematography which captures the racing with its firepower is really impressive and also the visual effects were fabulous. Art section was cool in reproducing the mid 70’s.

Overall, it’s something worth applauding. My rating for director Ron Howard’s Rush is 4/5. It’s a film that makes a positive statement about having someone to compete with you.

Final Thoughts


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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