What a shame – it was a pretty damn good filim, IMHO. I thought the film presented a human element to the racing, in addition to the historical side (which I watched it for). Hopefully more than a few non-racing fans would have enjoyed it.
Damn good acting too. A lot more than could be said for the wooden Sandra Bullock in Gravity.
(Ducks for cover…..)
Me too. I only saw it recently on, ahem, download and thought it was excellent. As a die hard F1 fan I’d convinced myself I wasn’t going to like it but it was really good. Good story, well written and acted, good action and visually superb. It will be one I watch over and over I think.
As an F1 fan I’m seemingly alone in thinking Rush was quite poor. One-dimensional characters and a lazy obvious script. Typical Ron Howard stuff. My girlfriend, who hates F1 loved it though, which is probably what Hollywood wanted.
However, it was worth taking her as now she will understand when I cry off attending the inevitable summer wedding always held at the same time as the Monaco GP.
As a movie, I thought it rather good, as a film about motor racing, probably the best that has been made with car racing as the central point. I would exclude the Senna movie as that was a documentary, and while very good, it lost a lot I thought, by not including more interviews with drivers who were team mates and/or raced against Senna, Gerhard Berger was one prominent racer who should have been included. Going back to Rush, the title is a bit naff, and the story had been turned a bit to make it sell in Hollywood. Lauda and Hunt, for example, even lived in a shared flat for a while early in their careers, and were friends. However, this would probably have worked against the film, where some element of grudge was needed for the story. In general though, I thought it worked well. Everyone raved about Daniel Bruhl, and his Lauda was very very spookily good….but no one said much about Chris Hemsworth. I thought he got the looks, voice and mannerisms of Hunt, down to a very good degree…too much vomiting though! If there is ever a Piquet vs Mansell film, I hope there isn’t too much concentration on the effect of Piquet’s bodily functions inside an F1 car!!!!
David, Although I was generally pleased by the film and glad to have an F1 film get some mainstream USA attention, I think the lack of actual at-speed racing footage was the one big miss in the film. It must have been a victim of tight film budgets these days, as I’m sure Ron Howard would have loved to included some Grand Prix & LeMans type of high speed action bits and could have used a similar filming technique with a modern prototype running with actual restored 1970’s F1 cars. Definitely lacks some as a movie about racing drivers and what was in truth an on-track rivalry more than an off-track rivalry.