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On the Sofa: Rush

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Peter Morgan

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Marie Lara

Plot: Rush is based on the true story of James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Brühl). The film follows their rise and rivalry in Formula 1 racing, as well as their personal lives. Both take a very different approach to racing – Hunt is the handsome English playboy who plays harder than he works and Lauda is disciplined and a meticulous racer who works hard and doesn’t really play.

Review: I watched this film with an open mind. Formula 1 isn’t something I follow, so I had no idea what happens or if it would even be my kind of film. How wrong I was! I think some people will have the preconceived idea that this film is just about racing. Yes, racing is part of it, but it is so much more than that. The performances given by Hemsworth, Wilde and Lara are fantastic, but Daniel Brühl is exceptional. The film has highs and low, the racing is exhilarating and the storyline is interesting.

Director Ron Howard, writer Peter Morgan and composer Hans Zimmer have all got together before doing Frost/Nixon in 2008. I have to admit that this trio is fantastic together. They remind me of what Steven Spielberg and John Williams can do (Lincoln being their most recent film together). Howard and Morgan also did The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons together. Hans Zimmer has always been extremely talented; his list of film soundtracks is rapidly growing – including Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, all of the Pirates of the Caribbean films and the Lion King. Admittedly, I watched the film for Chris Hemsworth, but Daniel Brühl really shone. He’s one to watch out for – I’m looking forward to seeing him in The Fifth Estate (another true story) which is out later this month.

To sum up, this is the film to beat this year. The bar has been set extremely high. Everything from the soundtrack to the acting and directing is amazing. I’m stunned at the lack of nominations for this film for Oscars, especially as Gravity got so many! I’m giving this film 10 out of 10 – there is nothing I would change about it.

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