BY: SHANE NEWELL
Rating: ✭✭✭✭ Directed by Ron Howard and starring young superstars ChrisHemsworth and Daniel Brühl, “Rush” is the best sports movie ever made. Told with a fresh and revealing perspective, “Rush” sets itself apart from other sports movies by exploring the nature and mystery of the human drive.
Put simply, “Rush” is the story of the intense rivalry between BritishF1 racer James Hunt and Austrian F1 racer Niki Lauda. Their rivalry, which began in the early 1970s, escalated to a specific moment at the 1976 German Grand Prix when Lauda’s life changed forever. Told in a semi-chronological order, “Rush” beautifully explores the complex relationship between the two racers.
Howard, an already esteemed director with films like “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind,” and his work in “Rush” excels all of his previous work. Balancing exhilarating, tension-filled race sequences with revealing, tear-worthy intimate moments, Howard made “Rush” a masterpiece that clearly stands above all other racing films.
The appeal of “Rush” lies not in the words used to describe it, but the feelings one gets when watching the best film of 2013.