Ron Howard’s latest movie, Rush, starring Aussie Chris Hemsworth is now playing at Perth cinemas and getting excellent reviews. The only reason it gets a mention from me is because of the director. Most people would know Ron Howard – after all, he’s been in the TV and movie business for 54 of his 59 years – he first starred as the kid, Opie Taylor, in The Andy Griffith Show… and later as a much older ‘kid’, Richie Cunningham, in Happy Days. He then moved to the other side of the camera as a director. He won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind and has made a lot of beautiful movies, most of them doing what they set out to do perfectly – they include Splash, Cocoon, Willow, Parenthood, Backdraft, Apollo 13, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Cinderella Man, The Da Vinci Code and now Rush.
Personal disclaimer – I hate movies about motor racing… probably because I have little time for motor racing. I don’t follow Formula One and I give the Bathurst 1000 a swerve every year. I have given a few motor racing movies a chance – there was Grand Prix, the 1966 ‘classic’ starring James Garner that was loved by many and put me to sleep… I gave the 1971 Steve McQueen movie Le Mans a shot because I was a fan of McQueen. Went to sleep. Then decided to give the 1990 flick Days of Thunder a look because of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman – don’t think I fell asleep but was bored enough to find the whole thing forgettable… BUT I am looking forward to seeing Rush because I know that motor racing is just the vehicle (pardon the pun) for a story of emotional human drama, conflict, a reflection of time and place.
I’m sure it will be as much a story about motor racing as Cocoon was a story about old people or Apollo 13 was about space exploration. Howard weaves soul with his story-telling and I’m expecting this to be a rewarding ride. See, Howard has as much interest in Formula One racing as I do so I’m going along to see the movie to see what he does with it and also to see the performances of Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda. They are getting great reviews.
Rated MA 15+, 123 minutes. Here’s the trailer: