RUSH – Movie Review!

Rush

As a film I’d give it 4/5. As F1 history it has to take a knock down to 3.5/5. Hunt and Lauda’s rivalry is portrayed as antagonistic rather than the friendship of real life, which was inevitable as supposedly that makes for a better film and plot development as they eventually come to respect each other.

A few things are omitted, such as Hunt’s disqualification from the British Grand Prix and a few small things are added in to develop the plot and to keep up the film’s pace, which is one of its best features; it doesn’t drag in places like so many films do nowadays. The only thing that grated me was that the Monza scenes are blatantly Brands Hatch, but all the other racing scenes are either authentic or indistinguishable from where they’re meant to be.

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Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda

Daniel Bruhl steals the shows as Lauda, he gives a fantastic performance and you don’t see anything but Lauda. Chris Hemsworth plays Hunt very well but he doesn’t have the voice down as much as Bruhl. The Hesketh team is very well portrayed. It’s a shame more drivers don’t make an appearance outside of the cars and helmets, the characters in this film are very much featured as necessary, though there are a few good look-alikes in scenes, including a very obvious Graham Hill in one scene.

A side note, at first I thought they’d brought in a Murray Walker impersonator to commentate the race scenes but it’s actually Simon Taylor!

Overall the film is very well-paced, there is very little filler or unnecessary exposition, a few niggly things to annoy the diehard fan but plenty to entertain the average movie-goer. I’d certainly place this above “Senna” as a good F1 film, though direct comparison is obviously difficult as they have different approaches. There is a sense of Lauda being the villain but it’s hard to make Lauda a more likable character. His views and philosophy on racing are given as much time as Hunt as is his personal life; there’s no one-sided character assassination like Prost in “Senna” and after the Nürburgring crash if you want Hunt to win the championship it’s not out of hate for Lauda.

The final scene is very moving; I won’t spoil it but prepare to fight back a few tears.

 

Niki Lauda and James Hunt

Niki Lauda and James Hunt

Remembering Ayrton..

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Ayrton Senna was one of the greatest racing drivers the world has ever seen. Possibly its most talented.

He died at age 34 at the Imola circuit in 1994 at the now infamous Tamburello corner.

In 2010 a documentary titled Senna was released, it won many awards though was not a well publicized film. I recently watched this film (again) and it was one of the best I have ever seen. Not just one of the best documentaries, but best films ever.

Even if you don’t follow racing and aren’t familiar with the details you will still be amazed by the story in the film. Besides being a great driver what makes the Senna story so incredible is the rise to glory and its tragic end. The chronicle of Senna’s meteoric rise in Formula 1 is only matched by one of the darkest weekends in the sports history. It is a rather eerie feeling that the man who would be king almost knew that he would die in a race car and that that weekend was the time for it.

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“If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you’re no longer a racing driver.”

“Senna was a force of nature, a powerful combination of spectacular raw talent and sometimes terrifying determination. He had the good looks of a romantic hero, a charisma that could quieten any room, the eloquence of a poet and a spirituality with which millions felt they could identify. His dark eyes were windows to a soul of complexity and volatility.” – Andrew Benson, BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

Today he would have completed 53 years. A man of unquestionable talent, a huge heart, deep dedication in everything he did. Happy birthday Ayrton Senna, a myth, a legend, a hero!

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Whether you loved him or hated him, Ayrton Senna was special..And not just on the track..

The Iceman’s Top Quotes

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Night before the race
Q: What do you do in the night before the race?
A: I sleep!

Funny newspapers
What the papers write about me afterwards makes me laugh.

F1 driving is boring sometimes
Q: Is it true that sometimes you’re bored in the car?
KR: Only when I am in front by a country mile, like in Melbourne last year. Then you are thinking about other things or you’re playing with the buttons on the steering wheel. Then I suddenly missed a breaking point. This year unfortunately we haven’t had such race.

The silly press
Formula 1 would be a paradise without the media.

Learning Italian?
Kimi at the Ferrari event 2007: I’m not going to a language school to learn Italian, that’s not what I came to do at Ferrari.

Army service
If the army would be voluntary I wouldn’t go there.

Donut at Belgium GP
On question about his donuts at the end of the last year’s Belgium Grand Prix, his reply was: “I lost it!”

Just racing
Driving is the only thing I love about F1.

Wrong ERA
My life would be much easier had I been a F1-driver in the 70’s with the guys. I was definitely born in the wrong ERA.

Importance of the helmet
Q: The helmet has a special meaning for many drivers. How important is it to you?
KR: It protects my head.

You have to listen!
Q: Would you go to any other team than Ferrari?
KR: Probably not.
Q: Definitely not?
KR: I said probably not.

Why Kimi became a race-driver and not an Ice-hockey player
I have decided to do motosports because I don´t have to get up there so early in the morning.

Interviews are so …boring!
Q: The most exciting moment during the race weekend?
KR: I think it’s the race start, always.
Q: The most boring?
KR: Now.

New strategy?
Kimi seems to have a new strategy to get rid of the journalists:”Ah, go and interview Mikko Leppilampi. He likes to talk.”

Just 5th place…
Q: Kimi, what’s the 5th grid place like?
KR: It’s the 5th grid place.

There is no willingness to talk
Kimi makes clear that the mean press doesn´t belong to one of his favorite conversation partners. (Thursday before the first race of the Season)
KR: Come back tomorrow. I have still holidays today.

Finnish music
Q: What is on your I-Pod?
KR: Mostly Finnish music, all sorts. You wouldn’t know, so it doesn’t matter what I say.

A bit mad?
Q: Are you satisfied with the result? (Kimi again failed to score any point)
KR: Do you think I am?

Sauber, the boss
Q: What kind of relationship do you have with Peter Sauber? Is he a father figure or godfather?
KR: He is my boss.

He really doesn´t know??
Q: What´s about your new Tattoo? Is it permanent?
KR: I don´t know.

Is Kimi lazy?
Q: Kimi, how is the cooperation in the Team. Do you get along with everyone?
KR: Yeah it´s fine. But they have a much harder time with me than I with anyone else.
Q: What do you mean?
KR: I am a bit lazy sometimes.

Alonso doesn´t matter 
Räikkönen isn’t affected by Alonso’s mental games. “I couldn’t care less what that man thinks!”

Kimi disagree with Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton said that winning his first race felt better than having sex. Kimi´s reply to that was: “Maybe he never had sex.”

What Kimi makes flip out
Q: Kimi, have you ever got angry about anything, and jumped up and down and shouted?
KR: Yeah, many times but of course you’re not happy if you retire or something but I guess it mostly happens more in normal life than in racing.
Q: Can you give us examples?
KR: No, not really.
Q: What are the kind of things that make you angry in normal life, as you say?
KR: If you keep asking questions like those.

A very precise statement
Kimi tells about the track conditions at the new Formula 1 circuit in Singapore:” It is narrow in some places, wide at the other – it depends on where you are.”

Evening without Jenni
Kimi Räikkönen on the question whether he likes it when his wife accompanied him to the races:” Yes, without her the evening in the hotel room is so boring.”

Kimi is worried about overlapping
Q: What advice would you give to the rookies Nico Rosberg and Scott Speed?
KR: I hope that they are good in making room!

Dancing is not his thing
Kimi on finish Independence-Day Party at the President’s castle: “I think I will skip the dancing part. Maybe someone else dances with Jenni if she wants.”

Kimi´s stay in Canada
Q: Kimi, how you spent the days here in Canada before the GP in Montreal?
KR: I arrived here on Tuesday. So I was here yesterday.

Italian?? Nothing for Kimi
An Italian interviewer tries to get Kimi to say something in Italian.
KR: You can talk Italian if you want to.

What a logical ritual
Q: Do you have any special rituals when the helmet is concerned like many other drivers have?
KR: I wipe it, so that I can see better.

Hoisted with their own petard
Q: Gossip Media asks how have you prepared for the Season?
KR: I usually get to read from your magazines what I have done.

Schumi wants to be well represented? Kimi thinks yes!
I’m not interested in what people think about me. I’m not Michael Schumacher.

Without words
Q: What makes TAG Heuer (Kimi´s main-sponsor) so special?
KR: It’s ok.

About whom he is talking here? 
Kimi answered a question about his lack of emotion after winning a grand prix.
KR: It’s not my style. Yeah, winning feels good, but I’m not the type of guy who jumps up and down and rubs it in everyone’s face.

Things you can do in Finland
Well, in summer there’s fishing and shagging. And in winter the fishing is bad.

Kimi´s extraordinary hobby
Q: Kimi, do you have any hobbies?
KR: I collect walnuts.

The classic
Q: Kimi Räikkönen doesn’t seem interested in the proceedings going on up there. Kimi, you missed the presentation by Pele.
KR: Yeah.
Q: Will you get over it?
KR: Yeah. I was having a shit.