Let’s get something straight really quick – Formula 1 is not a very mainstream sport, I mean auto racing division in the US. Yeah, Americans know much more about it than they did a decade or two ago, but they’d still watch a Nascar event over an F1 race anytime.
So when Ron Howard, two-time Oscar winning director, decided to tackle an F1-centric story, especially one set in the ‘70s, we’d have been fools to expect the pic to end up very realistic. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Especially if the end product will look as the new “Rush” trailer suggests. Yes, I know, there does seem to be a lot of focus on Chris Hemsworth’s James Hunt character when Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Bruhl) was supposed to be the lead.
Also, I do agree that Thor’s accent is a little off-putting and his acting skills… not stellar. Plus, the racing scenes look like they’re part of some video game, not a movie that wants to be taken seriously.
And yet all of that considering, I’m sensing “Rush” is going to be big. Really, really big, both in terms of appeal to the masses and critical reception. Despite the above mentioned flaws (or exactly as a result of them), I just can’t see who wouldn’t enjoy this thing.
Action junkies? There’s plenty of adrenaline-filled racing and blood-pumping crashes for them. Women? Two words – Chris Hemsworth. People that don’t know the first thing about Formula 1? The story is about a guy who nearly burned to death, then returned to racing a few weeks later, for Christ’s sakes. And stuck-up critics? Count on Peter Morgan, the “Frost/Nixon” scribe, to come up with the most inspirational speeches and tense dialogues.