FILM FANS: Do not miss 'Rush' in theaters

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4 out of 4 stars

Destined to become a classic among most, if not all, other movies on the same subject, Ron Howard has masterfully created one of the finest movies of its kind to be enjoyed by all, whether you are a fan of the sport or not.

The story here is about the 1976 racing season. One of the most contentious season in the history of Formula 1 racing, as well as the story of one of the most intense rivalries in the history of the sport. Two drivers emerge among an elite group of drivers including Jody Schechter, Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi, and we watch as they fight with every ounce of effort they can muster, risking everything, including their lives, to settle the question of who is the best at what they do. Each of them willing to sacrifice whatever is necessary to win. Howard reveals an amazing insight into the dedication, determination and drive needed to succeed at this premier level of motorsports.

There are some amazing racing sequences, including camera angles and views never seen, or even attempted, before. The heart of the story, however, is about the true character of James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Two top level drivers who are as opposite as two personalities can be, both driven to succeed in a sport where anything less than 100 percent commitment, 100 percent of the time, is destined for failure.

The acting is good, but it’s the cinematography and the racing sequences that drew me into this movie like none has done before. This is definitely one not to be missed, and will be at the top of the list at Oscar time. One of the few movies about racing that I will see again and again.

— Steve Kalberg, Lawrenceville

4 out of 4 stars

“Rush” is so much more than a movie about cars and racing. Yes, if you’re a race car fan, especially of the McLaren or Formula 1, you’ll especially appreciate this movie. But, it’s much more a non-fiction tale comparing two completely different personalities and lifestyles, combined with the love of racing and winning.

British James Hunt played by Chris Hemsworth, is a likable and personable man’s man, playboy and partier. He was in his racing prime when he met and began competing against Austrian Niki Lauda, an unlikable, emotionally cold racer.

One scene in particular captures why Niki is as he is, when he and his beautiful newlywed wife are playful and affectionate. Niki told her that fun is the enemy of winning, because of the emotional diversion. A third character I find interesting is Niki’s wife, who is self-confident, sexy and opinionated when she and Niki first meet, but transforms into an austere, emotionally distant wife for her husband’s sake.

The story is so rich and well told, and the cinematography is excellent. Look for the scene with the turn table record player, one of my favorites.

“Rush” is well worth seeing — even at full price.

— Cathryn Veal, Lawrenceville

4 out of 4 stars

Adrenaline-soaked both on and off the track, “Rush” is a not-to-be-missed ’70s tale of two rival racecar drivers who vie for the chance to be world champions. Competition brings out the best and worst in the great ones, and that is the case here. Personal dramas keep the story real. Scenes with a bit of nudity keep it racy. “Rush” will give you a thrill and make you want to leave the theater to try to win your own gold cup.

— Deborah Guy, Bethelehem