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OFFICIAL SILVER SCREENER REVIEW
– RUSH –
IMDB Rating: 8.3 out of 10 (18,447 votes)
Director: Ron Howard
Sometimes you see a film that has you enveloped in the story from minute one. You’re totally into the action from the get go. The music’s pumping you up, the noise is sending shivers down your spine, and the stuff you’re viewing is the sort of film you’ve been dreaming of for years.
Rush is that movie.
Not only is Rush the best film of 2013 so far, but it’s better than all the films I saw in 2012. That’s how blown away I was by this fantastically shot, scored, acted and edited modern masterpiece. It’s the best film since Drive – and isn’t it funny how similar the motifs are.
Ron Howard took on directing after Peter Morgan, the film’s writer, had been first infatuated with the world of formula one and the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two drivers in the 70’s and 80’s. Morgan had been friends with Lauda, so he had respectable information to back up his screenplay, which is fantastic; one of the year’s best. We find out about the contrast in lifestyle between Hunt and Lauda, and just how amazingly opposite they are from each other in every sense. Even though Morgan’s very persistent use of newsreaders to tell missing gaps in the story annoys me a little, Morgan constructs and establishes this difference in character early on and sticks by it throughout the rest of the film, proving his screenplay an even, consistent and structured piece.
Rush is based around the rivalry between Hunt and Lauda, focusing in on the backstory of their “hatred” for each other, and in particular, the 1976 Formula One season, which was filled with many twists and turns. This plot thickens as the story goes on, and the character development in Morgan’s screenplay is amazing. From the very first shot in the film we understand the kind of rivalry these two fierce competitors share.
Howard’s direction is amazing. It provides us with the perfect insight into how racing really is: all one big, fuzzy mess. He uses his camera as well as anyone has in the last 5 years, and the best thing about what he does in Rush is his amazing ability to set the tone and mood of the particular driver he’s examining on the track. It’s simple techniques, like blurring the screen, clearing it up, or adding in flashbacks, or closeups of twitching eyes. These simple things go a long way to conveying whatever mood your film requires, and Howard does this like a pro. But I guess we can’t expect anything less from him, can we?
The way the race scenes are shot, besides all the personal “inside the mind of the driver” stuff I’ve just talked about, is masterful. They’re done so inventively, and the unbelievable angles and shots Howard is able to get from his camera really do open your eyes and get you right in the middle of the action. I honestly have no idea how he manages to pull it off. But with Rush, Howard does something revolutionary, something which directors will be attempting to replicate for decades.
Chris Hemsworth plays the confident and brash English driver James Hunt, and does a brilliant job, whilst Daniel Brühl plays Niki Lauda, and is equally as brilliant. The chemistry between the two mains is perfect in the sense of mutual understanding. The looks they give each other, the body expressions, and the dialogue, are all perfectly delivered by the two actors. I think it’s hard to separate Hemsworth and Brühl in terms of one being better than the other, because each actor has such a key role to play, and both actors are faultless. One moment you’ll think ‘Gee, Hemsworth’s a good actor,’ and then just like that, ‘Wow. This guy playing Lauda is actually really good!’
Hans Zimmer composes the music for Rush and does just as good a job as ever. He can do no wrong in my books. I guess it wasn’t the most complicated job, because the races are so loud and in your face, you barely even notice the music at all, but everything Hans does, from subtle back-and-forth violins to blaring horns…it will all come together to make Rush one massive experience.
There are so many things to talk about. The beautiful editing, amazing colour-scheme, impeccable sound-mixing, smart ending, and brilliant retro feel. But I wouldn’t want to bore you with all that.
There’s something so amazing to me about what Ron Howard has done with Rush. He’s taken just another Formula One season and, along with writer Peter Morgan, made it into one of the great sport films ever made.
If I’m ever asked if I can describe Rush in one word, I’ll say:
‘Yes I can — masterpiece.’
MY RATING: 9.5 out of 10.
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