I saw this on a plane a while back, probably the year I kept flying to Singapore… And I just rewatched it again in honour of the first race of the 2017 F1 season, which is happening this weekend.
F1 is one of the most fascinating sports, and I know that most of the people I know don’t agree with this. They find F1 incredibly boring, the cars go zoom zoom zoom and that’s it. But that’s not it. The tactics, the tyres, the aerodynamics, the weight of the car going into the last quarter of qualifying, and of course, the skill of the driver… and his rivals.
Rush is the incredible story of James Hunt & Niki Lauda, who were rivals (although there was apparently much less animosity in real life) in the 70s, back when racing was much less safe. It’s about Hunt’s chase for the championship, about his life on and off the race track, and about Lauda’s incredible achievements which keep thwarting Hunt. And then there’s the Nürburgring crash, where Lauda’s car goes up in flames, and while Lauda is lucky to survive, the recovery is brutal – and the story goes that it was Hunt’s victories while Lauda was in hospital, that motivated him to get better so he could return to the track.
Definitely one of my favourite sports films, and probably my favourite Ron Howard-directed film. Yup. Loved it.