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“The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel. It’s a wonderful way to live. It’s the only way to drive.”
– James Hunt

SYNOPSIS: The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. – via IMDB

rush 2013

GRADE 8So I finally got to Rush, which is strange seeing as I was such a huge F1 junkie in my teens. Anyway, finally getting to it I can see why it is considered to be a solid film for the genre, and I didn’t even watch this one for science because nobody appeals to me on that level. I watched this for the story and for those cars and those racetracks. YES. Rush was incredibly well executed. When it opened with roaring F1 engines and rain and stoplights and all I knew I was sold – goosebumps! Simple as that. The performances from both Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl were fantastic. Brühl dominated in how he presented Lauda to us. He was difficult, cheeky, dedicated and intelligent. In fact, he was damn near a genius. He knew what he wanted and he went out for it. I loved how he reasoned about things (the twenty percent risk thing) and how he didn’t care too much if he was liked or not, as long as he was respected. I liked him from the off because he was upfront and blunt and honest about who he was, he hid behind nothing. I was impressed with what he brought to the table. I have never disliked him, I have always found him a decent actor, but this showcases that he can carry a lead role without any issues and was captivating every second he was on screen. I am hoping to see much more of him. Hemsworth, on the other hand, portrayed the party boy exceptionally well. He went from fun and games to a total twat within an hour (which could be seen coming), but he redeemed himself, too.  I thought the more dramatic role was more impressive for him than most things I have seen him in, showing that he is more than just the man that half the globe wants to bed. Hemsworth and Brühl worked wonders alongside one another, and complemented each other every step of the way. I had myself a personal cheering moment when Hunt gave that paparazzi reporter/douche a fat smack because seriously, who do you think you are asking someone if his wife will stick around because half his face was burnt off? It seems this film appealed to a wider audience than I would have expected, and I had a good time with it. Rush was shot beautifully, and it looked really fancy. I liked the focus on the racing and the driving, and yet it was perfectly balanced by what was happening off the track. It was never solely about the guys and never solely about the cars. There were quite a few scenes where I had myself a good laugh (most notably that break down in the middle of nowhere with Lauda and Marlene), and I loved the way the racing was done – the scenes were exhilarating. The competition between Lauda and Hunt was blown totally out of proportion, and I thought it was petty and childish at the same time, and it cost them both a lot, but it also shaped them. I am sure a lot of this was dramatised and glamourised for the screen, but I found it to be a worthwhile watch. I know I have spoken a lot about the performances, but I really think they are the biggest selling points of the film, in all honesty.

40 thoughts on “March Blind Spot Review: Rush (2013)

  1. Natasha says:

    Best Bkushi

    YAAAY! I am so glad you enjoyed this! I loved the film. It is excellent as a sporty movie!

    Kidney

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    1. Zoë says:

      Kidney,

      Yesssss! It was most enjoyable and I had a great time!

      Bkushi

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  2. Tom says:

    Oh, this one was SO fantastic. It might actually be my favorite Ron Howard movie now. That honor was once bestowed upon his excellent Apollo 13, but for all the reasons you list here this one might just top it. And Daniel Brühl made a fan out of me with this role for sure. Great pick for a blind spot!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Tom! I must say that I had an absolute blast! It all just worked and… and… well, you read the review 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Tom says:

    Oh, and also, if u haven’t seen pics of the real-life drivers, check them out. The casting for this is even more brilliant taking that into account.

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    1. Zoë says:

      I did! I was astounded by how well the casting was, and the effort they went into to look like that. Apparently Lauda was incredibly impressed!

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  4. vinnieh says:

    Nice review Zoe, still need to see this film.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Vinnieh!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. vinnieh says:

        Your review was really interesting. The only things I’d really heard about the movie was that it was based on a true story and Chris Hemsworth had his ass on show, hehe.

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      2. Zoë says:

        Lol, definitely more to the movie than that, you should see it. It will appeal to pretty much everyone, whether you like F1 or not.

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      3. vinnieh says:

        Will definitely have to watch it then Zoe.

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    1. Zoë says:

      xD Phenomenal!

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  5. It’s a solid movie isn’t it? Not one we’ll automatically remember Howard for but great all the same.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Definitely a solid one!

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  6. Abbi says:

    I LOVED this movie. One of the best of 2013.

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  7. theipc says:

    Fairest IJB,

    Not my favorite…. nothing really worked for me in this…. : ((((((((((((((

    Love,

    ISC

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    1. Zoë says:

      Dear ISC,

      I am sorry to hear that!

      Love,

      JJB

      Liked by 1 person

  8. I suppose I should see this. I’ve had it for a while now, just haven’t broken down to watch it.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Break down and do it! 😀

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  9. Justine B. says:

    Great review! I really loved this one, and I know absolutely nothing about Formula 1. But it’s so beautifully shot, and like you said, the performances really sell it. One of my favorites from 2013.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Justine! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much, even without F1 knowledge! Really grand performances, I must say.

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  10. alexraphael says:

    That journalist question was true. Shocking isn’t it?

    Yeah I really liked this. I was worried about going overkill in my review. So glad you liked it too. The adrenalin and performances were great (Gruhl was in Goodbye Lenin – I knew I’d seen him before years ago!) but the dialogue stood out most to me. Really felt like I was in their heads.

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    1. Zoë says:

      I know! I was like can you believe it?! How rude! Sometimes a person just has to gush hahahaha! I think it came together very well, and glad to see we agree on this one 🙂

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      1. alexraphael says:

        Great minds for sure 🙂

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  11. Dan O. says:

    It’s a solid movie because it makes you care for both of these, while at the same time, still realizing that they’re not perfect human beings. Still, they’re both compelling to watch. Nice review Zoe.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Perfect summation Dan, couldn’t agree more! Thank you!

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  12. table9mutant says:

    YES! Glad you finally saw this & enjoyed it so much. You know I love The Hems but that was NOT why I loved this movie. I even made sure to not mention his looks in my review so people would take me seriously! Lol. I just thought the performances were amazing as was the story. I’m NOT a racing fan but I loved every second of this film. Great review! 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      Yeah, I am not a big fan of the Hems, but I thought he was very good here. Mmmmhmmmm, I believe you! xD Thanks lady, it really was a great watch!

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  13. Victor De Leon says:

    Gotta get to this one. Always forget I have it on blu ray. I am such a dunderhead lol. Nice review! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      Ah, I hope that you enjoy it when you do get to it!

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  14. Daniel Brühl also stood out to me. He’s so good I would like to see him in more movies. Have you seen The Fifth Estate? Cumberbatch and him are really good in that too.

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    1. Zoë says:

      I have been going back and forth on The Fifth Estate… but now that I know that it is just more than Cumberbatch, I will check it out!

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      1. I thought it was okay, not the best movie out there, but good enough to watch. I saw it right after Rush and Daniel Bruhl was pretty good! Check it out.

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  15. caragale says:

    Excellent work, Zoe!! I’m glad to see you liked this one so much. I liked it well enough, but since I’m not super into racing, it didn’t totally do it for me. I agree that Bruhl and Hemsworth were both great though, and I loved how the film explored their weird friendship. Also, Chris Hemsworth’s butt. That, clearly, is the most important thing about all this. 😉

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks lady! Ahhhh, I LOVED F1 when I was younger. Too much. It was put together quite well, and I am glad that I finally got to it.

      xD LOL oh man, the ladies did love that! I think I am one of the few that was totally neutral about it 😉

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      1. caragale says:

        Oh yes. We all know you would’ve preferred that skinny DeHaan booty. 😉

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