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My heart leaps up when I behold a Formula One car on the fly

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Rush

Wroooouuummmm! Iaaauuuoooooschhhhhhh! Euooooooouuuu! Pfffshhhhhouuuuuu!

OK, I’m sorry. I’m a lousy imitator. But I case you didn’t recognize it: it’s supposed to be a car engine. Don’t ask me which, because I can’t tell one from the other. But there are others who can, such as the people over at Sports car digest: “When you saw a Lotus, a McLaren or a six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 you heard a Cosworth DFV V-8, and when you saw a BRM or a Ferrari you heard their respective V or flat-12.” I take this as an approval.

In any case, I just wanted to start off this post by a sound, because the roaring of the cars is one of the things that I enjoyed most about Rush. I know it comes off as a little bit odd. Who above the age of eleven gives a crap about accelerating sports cars? It’s just ugly, annoying noise, polluting the silence?

Nevertheless, as little sense as it makes, my heart started to beat a bit quicker every time the noise went up and I knew that the group of cars was approaching.

Partly it was because I – for good reasons – worried about the security of the drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, whose rivalry the film is all about. Without knowing anything about the true story, I couldn’t see how this could end in any other way than a car crash of some sort.

But there was also this other element of joy: the thrill when the sound waves went into my seat so I could feel it vibrating, the rush of adrenaline as the car accelerated. For a brief moment it was me clinging to the back of the flying, roaring dragon, trying to become its master.

In reality I’m of course a coward of a driver, unable to get a go-cart run any faster than walking speed. The one time I tried, at a work-event, I had to step out after just a few rounds since all the twisting and turning made me nauseous. However there is something about the craziness, the speed and the people putting their lives at risk that attracts me.

If the film had been completely fictional they would probably have turned one of the drivers into a hero and the other one a villain. As it is now they’re presented as different personality types. One is a perfectionist, grinding his way to stardom by calculations and hard work. The other one is a talent, who wins thanks to his intuition and fearlessness. Both are likeable in their own way, even though I personally found it easier to identify with Lauda, the geek, than Hunt, the playboy.

I’m a little bit late with this review and I’m afraid that the movie probably doesn’t run in a lot of theatres at this point. It’s a shame, because it should really be seen on a big screen. I suppose it’s watchable at home too, provided that you have a good sound system and patient neighbours.

Rush (Ron Howard, US 2013) My rating: 4/5

Written by Jessica

November 10, 2013 at 10:47 am

Posted in Rush

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  1. Great post! I loved Rush. It’s one of my favorites of the year so far. Identified more with Lauda as well. Daniel Bruhl was stellar in that role.

    fernandorafael

    November 10, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    • Thanks! I’m not sure it will make my top 10 list, the competition will be fierce. But it was a solid movie, definitely.

      Jessica

      November 10, 2013 at 10:51 pm

  2. Granted the movie is a thrilling ride visually, but didn’t you feel that the characters of Lauda and Hunt became more than a little shallow?

    Sofia

    November 13, 2013 at 10:21 am

    • Not really. Or rather: I didn’t see it as a problem, it wasn’t that kind of a movie. But it can just have been that I was in the right mood as I watched it. I bet I wouldn’t have appreciated it as much watching it as the fifth movie of the day or so, like you guys did at Malmö filmdagar.

      Jessica

      November 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm

  3. […] Rush This was surprisingly enjoyable – even for someone who couldn’t care less about formula one. […]


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