This Week In Home Entertainment: Bad Grandpa, Rush And More

By Jessica Rawden 2014-01-28 17:52:40discussion comments
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Rush is a movie that’s primarily about F1 racing and specifically about a rivalry between real-life British racer James Hunt and German competitor Niki Lauda. It’s also a tale about celebrity status and the media, differing perspectives, near-death experiences, and much, much more.

Director Ron Howard’s always been an able storyteller, and even if Rush was snubbed by the Academy this year, it doesn’t change the fact that the setup and narrative in the flick make for a nuanced sports movie. At the start, Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) don’t seem to have much in common. They race differently, they think differently and they show an intense dislike for one another on and off the track. They are very different men, but as Rush begins to follow the trajectories of their respective careers, the audience grows to understand the drive for excellence that propels both of them.

While the drama is enough to entice most viewers, it’s not all that Rush has to offer. A slick soundtrack and fun race sequences permeate the film, and both men have their share of romances, although the way they woo women is another easy way to pit the two competitors as opposites. Lauda finds a woman he likes and marries her and Hunt finds several women he likes, marries one and enjoys the company of the rest alongside a never-ending cocktail of booze and other drugs. The character study is a worthwhile one, but mostly you should give Rush a chance because it’s a whole lot of fun.

You can order Rush over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: "The Real Story of Rush" gives the film historical context. The extra is split into three parts—"Meeting James Hunt and Niki Lauda," "F1 Take 1: F1 Racing and the F1 Car," and "The Rock and Roll Circus"—and each part looks at the film and its historical context, as well as gives the cast and crew the opportunity to explain their perspectives on the making of the film. The role of the media in making F1 racing a real story of celebrity is one of the more interesting parts of the extras, and Howard’s knowledge of celebrity behavior in the 70s is also discussed.

Other Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
"Race for the Checkered Flag: The Making of Rush"

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