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5.0 out of 5 stars Full Circle for Ron Howard, September 20, 2013
This review is from: Rush (DVD)
The first full-length movie Ron Howard ever directed was "Grand Theft Auto." Since then, he has built a storied, award-winning career; now he has come full circle to another auto-racing film. This biography is based on the true story of an Austrian Formula One champion and his British arch rival. I found it thrilling, involving and highly entertaining.

We see:
* Daniel Brühl ("Ladies in Lavender") as three-time Formula One champ Niki Lauda, a buttoned-down technocrat, friendless and charmless, but a brilliant analyst who understands all the elements of racing: the track, the engine, the body, the weight, and above all, the competition.
* Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") as handsome James Hunt, exuding the joie de vivre of international success. He revels in the booze, the drugs and the women that go along with fame and is always the darling of the press because he is so quotable.
* Olivia Wilde ("The Change-Up") as Suzy Miller, soon to be the famous supermodel Suzy Hunt, who swans into Hunt's life and quickly marries him, much to their mutual regret.
* Alexandra Maria Lara ("Imagine") is Marlene, who marries Lauda almost on a whim, but who remains in his life as his staunchest friend and ally.

Howard gives us a soundtrack that shakes the theater as those powerful engines roar into life, but never neglects the dialogue: We hear every single spoken word in a script where much of the fun is what our two rivals say to (and about) each other. Their top-notch competition brings up the game for both, so they come to realize they need each other. Lauda says, "I learn far more from my enemies than from my friends."

We already know from reading about this film, that neither one dies in any of the horrific crashes we see, so this isn't a spoiler, but I found comfort knowing in advance that despite treacherous rainstorms and challenging race tracks, these guys still will be with us in the final frame. I always want someone to root for!

In this R-rated story, expect nudity, alcohol, drugs, profanity, excitement and a lot of humor. I've signed up with Amazon to be notified when this is available.
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Initial post: Nov 14, 2013 6:55:03 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 7:05:04 AM PST
Jay B. Lane says:
Did he direct a movie BEFORE "Grand Theft Auto?" Other than three shorts, IMDb shows GTA as his first full-length film as a director.

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 12:17:43 PM PST
The Myth says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2014 12:28:33 PM PST
Jay B. Lane says:
Duly noted. I hope you've see the documentary "Senna" from Brazil!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 6:39:30 PM PDT
M. Willcox says:
as a 30+ year fan of F1 I say 'relax'... of course they were driving at 50mph. the vast majority of the cars used in the film were the original cars used in the races. it would be nuts to drive them in anger and prohibitively expensive to manufacture/purchase cars that could do what the originals could do. i think the use of shaky-cam and quick-cuts is just fine.

following Ron Howard's twitter during the filming of Rush was a treat. to see the close-ups of these works of art was great.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 11:03:12 PM PDT
Jay B. Lane says:
Wow! You even followed the filming on twitter. You ARE a fan!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2014 9:19:52 AM PDT
Rich says:
I'm a 35+ year F1 fan and found the racing scenes as well as the rest of the movie very entertaining and well-done. Even my non-race fan wife and kids liked the story, characters, and action. I disappointed it did not get better press and attention. Great film!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2014 9:36:22 AM PDT
Jay B. Lane says:
I agree! I'm glad your family enjoyed it too. Thanks for taking the time.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 6:52:35 AM PST
Home theater system a must for this sound track. Very entertaining and cinematography is awesome.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2014 7:01:25 AM PST
Jay B. Lane says:
I agree! Thanks for taking the time to add your comment.
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