I’ve been putting this off, but I keep thinking about Chris Hemworth’s and Daniel Brühl’s performance in Rush (2013), a Ron Howard movie about the 1970s rivalry between Formula 1 pilots James Hunt (English) and Nikki Lauda (Austrian).
The film is utterly absorbing from the very beginning until the end. And when it did end, I found myself hanging onto the seat for a couple of minutes, just like everybody else in the movie theater. It was a great experience. I’m willing to bet this will become as loved as The Shawshank Redemption, which I’ve seen several times by now, enjoying the quiet yet so powerful quality of the performances (Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman). Rush is not that quiet. In fact, given the subject, it’s got quite a bit of speed in it. But this is not a movie (only) about racing. It’s a wonderful movie about life, a bit too explicit at times, but as powerful and inspiring as the best of Hollywood.