I remember watching this film at the cinema back in 2013 and decided to watch it again last night, it was just as good as I remembered.
I’m only in my early twenties so I’ll be honest with you (as always) I hadn’t known who James Hunt and Niki Lauda were but, when I saw the trailer for this movie I did a little research… The pair were Formula 1 race car drivers and their rivalry captured the attention of the world back in the 70s. This is the basis of this film, it shows their story over the years through both Hunt and Laudas eyes.
Lets talk about the cast for this film, Chris Hemsworth is best known for his role as Thor but he’s proven to be a big player in Hollywood and this film is one of his best performances as James Hunt. Daniel Bruhl plays Niki Lauda perfectly, he even looks like Lauda himself, this is casting at it’s best. Both actors play off each other so well and I would like to see them in something again together in the future. The rest of the cast are great but your focus stays on these two throughout the film.
The effects in this film are brilliant, the car crashes look so authentic on screen. Lauda’s accident was especially graphic and there’s some great FX makeup on him afterwards, well done guys (and girls).
The pair are the complete opposites of each other, Hunt is a hot headed, glamorous playboy and Lauda is a serious, disciplined and fairly anti-social guy. Let’s be honest now, there’s a bit of Lauda in a lot of us, that work hard and try and push ourselves to see that other half of the population have things just come to them naturally. James never got into the background of cars he just drove them, where as Lauda made sure he knew exactly what he was doing both in the car and in garage. I think this just made the rivalry more interesting between the two.
Overall this film is a must see in my opinion, it follows a great story and tells it brilliantly on screen. I wasn’t into racing and still aren’t but this is in my top twenty overall favorite films because it gripped me from the start.
Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a ten, the acting is great, the story is told perfectly and it’s one where you don’t have to know anything about F1 to appreciate it… 10/10