Ron Howard has done many different genres in his directing career; comedy, sci-fi, thriller, and dramatic true stories. This time around he goes the route of a sports story, the first in his career. It is also one of the best films he has made thus far.
“Rush” is the story of Formula 1 race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, their rivalry, and what leads up to their final race against each other. The story is pretty tense, mostly in the racing scenes. At times though, the movie had issues with pace, mostly after the first hour. The movie is two hours long, after all.
James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Basterds), do have good on screen chemistry as rivals. The way things play out is believable because of their performances. Not quite Oscar worthy, but good nonetheless. The main cast is supported by a not so memorable supporting cast, though with a few recognizable faces such as Olivia Wilde and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones).
“Rush” is pretty straightforward and it is entertaining. It is a typical sports movie, and sometimes you can even see similarities to “Talladega Nights,” but in this case it is a true story. Ron Howard made another good movie. Though not Oscar worthy, it is worth seeing.