Saturday, February 1, 2014

'Rush' DVD Review: Is it Worth Buying?

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Released: September 27th 2013
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde
Rated: R
My Rating: ★★★★☆
This past Tuesday, January 28th, Ron Howard's Formula One drama Rush was released on DVD and Blu-Ray.  The movie details the 1970's rivalry between historic drivers Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), as well as the dangers that race car drivers face everyday.

I know nothing about Formula One racing.  I know nothing about cars.  However, I do know that Chris Hemsworth is a beautiful specimen, and that I wanted to stare at him for two hours.  

Yes, I admit that I bought this movie for the eye candy.  But, I fell in love with Rush, because it is a compelling real-life story with amazing acting, cinematography, and directing.  

So, should you buy Rush on DVD or Blu-Ray?  Is it worth it?  My answer is...

Yes, yes, and YES!  Whether you have seen the movie or not, I think it is worth buying.  I had not seen Rush in theaters, so I took a risk in buying a movie I could have ended up hating.  But, I assure you that you will love it.  And, here is why...

ACTING PERFORMANCES

In case you haven't already guessed it, I am a huge fan of Chris Hemsworth.  He is the reason why I bought this movie.  However, it was Daniel Brühl who stole the show in this film.  You may recognize Brühl from Inglorious Basterds, the 2009 war drama starring Brad PittHe also starred in The Fifth Estate, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch last year.

Brühl's performance in Rush earned him Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

Before this film, I had never heard of James Hunt or Niki Lauda, but now I will not forget either of them.  Hemsworth and Brühl bring the cutthroat competition between these two drivers alive in a memorable way.  

I was conflicted throughout the entire movie, not knowing who to cheer for.  Both racers have huge egos, but they also have their hardships and their weaknesses.  And, it's difficult at times to determine who is the underdog, or who is the good guy or the bad guy.  That is what makes this such an incredible story: these actors play very dynamic characters, and they play them well.  It's impossible to say, Hunt's the bad guy, Lauda's the good guy or vice versa.  

I would say that these are probably the best performances from these actors to date.

CINEMATOGRAPHY


Just look at that image.  Beautiful.

I love the look and feel of this movie.  Howard has done an incredible job in bringing the 70's back to life.  But, even more impressive is his depiction of the Formula One world.  The races, the environment, and the warm color palette all work together to create a beautiful on-screen picture. 


The races are fun to watch, and one can only imagine all the work that was put into crafting them.  Howard's film is definitely experimental in consideration of the techniques used in the racing scenes.  And, his experimenting will definitely change the way racing movies are thought about and made from here on out.

DVD EXTRAS

I bought the DVD version of Rush.  The bonus features include 10 deleted scenes and "Ron Howard: A Director's Approach" which provides a brief look into Howard's creative process in putting this movie together.  These are the only DVD extras, and I am satisfied with them in consideration of the price I paid for the movie. 

If you are willing to dish out a little more dough for the Blu-Ray, you will get all of these extras:
  • Race for the Checkered Flag: The Making of Rush - Peter Morgan on Writing Rush
  • Race for the Checkered Flag: The Making of Rush - Finding James and Niki
  • Race for the Checkered Flag: The Making of Rush - The Light of Speed and Filming F1
  • Race for the Checkered Flag: The Making of Rush - Around the World in One Location
  • Race for the Checkered Flag: The Making of Rush - Fashion and Styles of the 70's
  • Race for the Checkered Flag: The Making of Rush - Ron Howard: A Director's Approach
  • The Real Story of Rush - Meeting James Hunt and Niki Lauda
  • The Real Story of Rush - F1 Take 1: F1 Racing and the F1 Car
  • The Real Story of Rush - The Rock and Roll Circus
***

Overall, Rush is definitely worth buying.  I mean, I am watching it for the second time as I write this review.  (I watched it for the first time last night.  So, it's been less than 24-hours and I am watching this again.)  I LOVE this movie, and I think it is one that I will come back to again and again.

Rush, which is considered to be "Ron Howard's Best Film Ever", is a great film.  If you don't know the story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda, go buy this movie.  And, if you do know their story, you should still go buy it.  This film is a great representation of Formula One racing, as well as the rivalry between two determined, driven, interesting, historical figures.

If you love history, or you love cars, or (like me) you love Chris Hemsworth, then BUY THIS MOVIE!

--Teisha xx

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