Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Rush, The Call, Sunshine On Leith
Biggleswade Today - about 4 years
I’m not a big fan of motor sport, but there was a time when Formula 1 was interesting and thrilling, not the procession it is today. The 1976 F1 Championship season was dominated by the fierce rivalry between two contrasting racers. In one car there was daredevil British driver James Hunt, the boozing blond ladies’ man, nicknamed ‘Hunt the Shunt’ because of his slap-happy racing style. And then there was Niki Lauda, the nerdy, methodical Austrian defending champion known as ‘The Rat’. Director Ron Howard captures the characters of the pair in zippy biopic RUSH (15: Studio Canal), helped greatly by near-perfect performances from a swaggering Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and a scowling Daniel Bruhl playing Lauda. The action surrounds the German Grand Prix when Lauda crashed and burned, forcing a three-race lay-off while he was brought back from the dead, allowing Hunt a shot at the title. The screenplay is faithful to the facts and respectful of both drivers without getting bogged dow...
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