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August 18, 2014

Saturday Night at the Movies #123 – Rush

Filed under: Movie reviews — Mike Kueber @ 10:04 pm
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Rush (2013) is a biographical film about the dramatic battle in 1976 for the World Championship of Formula One Grand Prix auto racing. The battle is especially riveting because the two protagonists – James Hunt and Niki Lauda – are such different characters. Hunt, played by Thor’s Chris Hemsworth, is a hell-raising, carefree scoundrel while Lauda, played by Daniel Bruhl, is a disciplined, humorless cyborg. But despite their differences, Hunt and Lauda have a fundamental integrity that engenders their mutual respect.

The Rotten Tomato critics and audience loved Rush at 89%, and I agree. The characters are well developed and although the story seems too good to be true, Wikipedia confirms most of the storyline.   I give it three and a half stars out of four.

About Time (2013) is a fascinating romantic comedy about a family in which the men have the ability to travel back to an earlier time in their lives. This ability provides a perfect vehicle for “do over” incidents that went badly, which is especially helpful to this family of men who tend to be klutzes who don’t think well on their feet. Because of this ability, the principal klutz, Domhnall Gleeson, is plausibly able to win the hand of the beautiful Rachel McAdams, which creates an aura of Something About Mary.

Interesting concept; well executed. Gleeson, McAdams, and Bill Nighy are excellent. The Rotten Tomato critics scored the movie at 69% and the audience not surprisingly liked this romance better at 81%. I agree with the audience and give it three and a half stars out of four.

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