As a big fan of Formula 1 I can say that this is one of the greatest movies I have ever seen about auto sport! Was waiting for this for a year and guess what? I wasn't disappointed.
Niki Lauda and James Hunt- one of the famous struggles in Formula 1. People who watch this sport can easily describe in a few words characters of both drivers. James- easy-going guy, who loves women, parties and races with fun. Niki- is his contradistinction. Lauda's brains helped him on the way to the podium and brought 3 World Titles for Niki (1975, 1977, 1984).
Spectator may think that Niki and James are NOT friends, because at the beginning he doesn't see a big "love" between them two. Viewer can describe their relation as something between "enemy" and "hater". But Howard shows and proves the reverse. He explains that Hunt and Lauda are "rivals" and only on the track, at the moment when they sit and belong to bolid. As we said above (something between "enemy" and "hater"), in life they are something close to the word "friend". And we can be convinced in it at the scene where journalist asks Niki a question about his wife's reaction on Niki's face after his terrible crash in Nürburgring. Lauda's reaction is negative, of course. At the of the press conference, journalist was punished by James Hunt.
Ron Howard did a thing that is hard to realize. He could deliver us that savage feeling of being on the track. He could touch our hearts with all those wild moments of passion that appear on every turn, with these looks that drivers give each other before the lights go green.
Every crash in Formula 1 is dangerous. Every time a driver starts to drift on turns or tell on the radio about "brake problems"- every moment of this gives us (F1 fans) the heart attack. Even though we know that it is just a movie and no one got hurt while shooting, every time I re-watch this picture- I fall into the heart attack situation. Its like the footage was retouched or the crash happened again. The ones, who are not race fans won't understand that soul shaking silence that fades in after the crush. Ron Howard brings this silence to your house. He MAKES you feel that pain.
Unfortunately, James Hunt died at the age 45 in 1993, long before the movie. But Niki Lauda watched the picture and was astonished. He commented on Daniel's role:
I think he did an incredible job because when I first saw the movie, I said, 'S---! That's really me.- Niki Lauda.
He added next... :
The sad thing is that he isn't here now. I wish he could have seen the movie because I know for sure he would have enjoyed it.
The movie that shows us struggle, friendship, troubles, highs, lows, podiums. Movie that shows that your rival can be a motivation to move on. For me, "Rush" is more than just a biographical movie. It gives motivation to fight, no matter how hard it seems to be. Niki's motivation was James. James, whose victory made Lauda to put hit helmet on again. Who knows, maybe if James wouldn't continue his race after Niki's crash...? I give you an opportunity to continue by yourself.