LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles feels the need for speed with Ron Howard's Rush.
I'll keep this one pretty simple by saying that Rush is an incredible film. Director Ron Howard does a really good job of relaying the feel of driving a Formula 1 car to the audience.
He does this by re-creating the intense rivalry between Formula 1 driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in the 1970's. Their rivalry began on smaller tracks and escalated quickly as they moved up in the ranks. Hunt is a young, arrogant womanizing, hard partying driver who lives life on the edge while Lauda is a by-the-book, follow the rules, work on the car, even more arrogant driver. James Hunt likes to be everyone's friend and be the center of attention while Lauda drives with a chip on his shoulder and doesn't care who he alienates along the way.
In 1976 as both drivers are vying for the F1 World Championship, their rivalry comes to an explosive head but that's only the beginning and even though this is all a matter of motorsports history, the viewer doesn't really know how it all ends until the last lap.
Rush is the best movie I've seen in a few months and from a technical standpoint it's up there with anything I've seen all year long. The cinematography alone is amazing. Movies made in the 1970's have an aged look to them and the filmmakers were able to very smartly recreate that look, whether it was through a digital filter or "baking" the film, it looked like an older movie and the racing footage is unequaled in the genre. You feel like you are on the race course, in the driver's seat staring down asphalt at 170 mph, and crawling through an engine.
If you're a real film geek, the sound editing and mixing will knock your socks off. Hearing the engines fire up, rev, and take off from the start line is with the price of admission itself.
This was a great way to start the fall film season.