When it comes to dramatic feature films with characters based on real people and storylines based on real events, Ron Howard has seemingly had the directing market cornered for the last 20 years or so. With critically-acclaimed historical flicks like Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man and Frost/Nixon in his back catalog, the former child star has seemingly found his celluloid storytelling niche. And Mr. Howard’s latest project to hit theaters, Rush, is yet another movie built upon the back of a true story.
Now Rush, as you’ve been seeing over the last half-a-year or so via a series of trailers, is set in a world near-and-dear to our hearts: Formula 1 racing. Specifically, it follows the dynamic between a pair of F1 legends, Niki Lauda and James Hunt. As students of the sport and its history, Rush had a lot to live up to in our eyes. So…did it?