The Last Days of Thunder Child

The Last Days of Thunder Child
War of the Worlds - spin off adaptation novel.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Niki Lauda and James Hunt Rivalry 1976 Grand Prix in Movie: Rush

Wow! What a high octane, adrenalin charged movie. The story of Niki Lauda and James Hunt's rivalry during the 1976 Grand Prix Championship. The story brings home the great differences between the two motor racing drivers.
After watching this, you'll want to go out and buy your own racing car.

For me, this was the best film of 2013 and would have to say Ron Howard did a great job of bringing this dynamic story to the big screen.
We have two F1 drivers who are totally different. One is a chancer, a bulldozing charger who loves the high life of wine, women and song, plus the thrill of dicing with death. This is the British driver, James Hunt. His outlook is, perhaps more romantic towards the dangerous sport, but he has his own way of battling the gremlins. Often he is sick before a race because he is so highly charged with mixed emotions. He also nervously keeps flicking his cigarette lighter on and off. The super models and high life are the reward and also a carefree way of shutting out his gremlins.
Then we have the other, who is much more organised with a devotion to winning the sport, that is never reckless. He looks over his car with the technicians and mechanics. He is skilled and organised, but retains a confidence in his own ability. This is the dynamic Austrian driver, Niki Lauda who tends to shut out his emotions and has only a rude and brutal honesty that remains. He is on the ball all of the time and this is his way of dealing with the gremlins. He knows how very dangerous his sport is and is not a romantic chancer, but more realistic then James Hunt.
I can remember Niki Lauda during this rollercoaster ride of a F1 season because of his death defying crash and then his amazing come back all during the same season.
I have not enjoyed a movie as much as this one for a very long time and can remember the retro years of the 1970s decade when these larger then life characters were on our news screens. This is a brilliant movie with actors  playing Niki Lauda and   playing the playboy character of James Hunt.


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