Rush – DVD review

The 1970s rivalry between F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda is revved up in this boozy, bawdy, macho telling

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Ron Howard, 2013

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How do you get away with a film that’s boozy, bawdy and macho these days? Answer: set it in the Seventies. Rush profiles motor racing rivals James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and their clashes on-track and off. Hunt is the well-lubricated but erratic racing machine whose bedroom sees as much action as the racetrack; Lauda is the abrasive boffin who prefers all-night screwing sessions fine-tuning his car. It’s Dionysian versus Apollonian; beefcake versus sauerkraut. Ron Howard takes Peter Morgan’s snappy script and revs it up to the max while Chris Hemsworth bestrides the screen with crackling charisma.

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