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PopWrapped At The Movies: Rush is a Breath of Fresh Air

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10/08/2013 9:41 pm
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PopWrapped At The Movies: Rush is a Breath of Fresh Air
Media Courtesy of Total Film
Shelby Arnold

Staff Writer

I've seen a fair amount of biopics and they range from the tediously long and boring to the high paced and quick. Rush is neither. Rush does what most biopics often tend to avoid—it focuses on one event. In this case, it's the 1976 Formula 1 Grand Prix. Director Ron Howard's first film was a comedy entitled Grand Theft Auto and since, Howard hasn't lost his love of cars and crashing them. Rush focuses on Briton James Hunt and Austrian Niki Lauda as they navigate the waters of rising from Formula 3 to the hairpin turns of some of the world's scariest Formula 1 tracks. Peter Morgan's script is quick to point out that Hunt is far different from Lauda and vice versa however, the two are obviously two sides of the same coin. Lauda, played to calculated brilliance by Daniel Bruhl, yearns for a good slap in the face. Cold and impersonal, he reeks of precision and arrogance which, unfortunately, causes him to be disliked by many of the other drivers. Hunt, however, played by Chris Hemsworth, is what Niki called 'the party guy'. When we first meet the driver, he is bloodied and battered by a disagreement with another driver. Natalie Dormer plays the nurse who treats him and is then bedded by him. It's that sort of live fast and live loose lifestyle that plays through out the entire movie. The one thing that bothered me with the whole 'live fast and loose' lifestyle, was the fact that Olivia Wilde's character, Suzy Miller, became sorely underused. Reduced to a handful of scenes, Miller was introduced, married to Hunt and then divorced all in a matter of minutes and I feel, had this not been a true story, many feminists would argue that she was used as a simple plot device. Nevertheless, Wilde was beautiful and brilliant as the model who left Hunt for actor Richard Burton. She easily held her own alongside Hemsworth's fantastic acting. Daniel Bruhl also delivers a knockout performance as Lauda. He may be cold and calculated but the actor brings a sort of vulnerability in the driver that people on the track rarely saw. He was never truly warm or soft but you could see in his eyes that he envied Hunt. You could see he wanted to be loved and liked by the people who shunned him for being an “asshole.” Even in interacting with his wife, Bruhl's Lauda is nuanced. He wants to love his wife but he knows happiness causes you to lose everything. It doesn't mean he doesn't love his wife (though the real Laudas were later divorced), he just didn't show it as freely as Hunt would have and that type of performance should bring Bruhl an Oscar nod. It's not just the acting that was superb in this movie; it was also the cinematography, done by Anthony Dod Mantle, that truly lifted this film up to bigger and brighter heights. The colouring is magnificent and the use of close-ups and camera angles put a whole different spin on the typically traditional and straight forward biopics.  In a word, the film was gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. The race scenes were beautifully shot and tight which made you feel like you were there in the car with the drivers, sharing their death wishes with them. It's all so beautifully done; you are automatically pulled into the movie with panache and finesse. Rush is in theaters now. It's a must see and a must add to that certain 'For Your Consideration' award show list. http://www.Twitter.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.Tumblr.com/ http://www.SoundCloud.com/PopWrapped http://www.Facebook.com/PopWrapped http://www.Instagram.com/PopWrapped http://www.Pinterest.com/PopWrapped http://www.YouTube.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.wordpress.com/ http://www.PopWrapped.com

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