Rushing With Ron Howard

Rushing With Ron Howard

Ron Howard might be the most big-earning, blockbuster-producing, award-winning Hollywood filmmaker to still qualify as underrated.

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This doesn't have any significance to anything but for me as a german it's kinda funny that you have to point out that Nicki Lauda is, in fact, a real person. He's one of the most famous names in german speaking sports media and you can hardly watch a Formula 1 race on TV without him giving his opinion on it.

I was actually expecting this one to be little more than a boring, generic sports film. Glad to see that it's at least a good generic sports film, though I'm expecting my relatives that own operate an F1 parts store to be ranting and raving about this one soon enough.

As above, really thought it was going to be boring and another supposedly true story movie. But after this, I might catch it if there is time for me.

Will go and see this at some point. I actually suonds like you have far more to say about Rush than you do about Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, so how come this one got relegated to the article?

I saw this at the cinema on Wednesday and loved it. Granted, I'm a sucker for sports movies but this was a genuinely good movie regardless(unless you write reviews for Rogerebert.com *sigh*).

It's not without its flaws of course. I think it was strangely paced near the end and Olivia Wilde was given pretty much nothing to do which I think is kind of a waste.

Anyway, as for Warrior, I thought that movie was great. Didn't remember it ever being in cinema but I have it on DVD. I remember the only reason I watched it was because I saw it IMDB's top 250 and was like "It's a film about MMA... and it's good?". Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Thank god they have finally made a good racing film. There hasn't been a good one since Steve McQueen's Le Mans, and that was in 1971.

Whenever I hear Ron Howard I think of his simpsons appearance..
Not too favourable

Zenron:
It's not without its flaws of course. I think it was strangely paced near the end and Olivia Wilde was given pretty much nothing to do which I think is kind of a waste.

Daniel Bruhl AND Olivia Wilde is in the movie?! That's it, I'm booking a ticket right now...

Olivia Wilde and Chris Hemsworth. She makes me question my sexuality, and then there's him... Is Thor 2 out yet? With the shot of his bare back? Damn I want to get my hands on those shoulders... ahem. um. Yes, moving on.

I was hoping this wouldn't be a terrible movie. Sounds like I'll be renting it when it comes out on VOD. (We're not big go to a theater people, other than for films we really wanna see.)

There is one thing I didn't like about Rush and that was the way it played out Hunt/Lauda's relationship. It more or less builds it's own mythology from scratch rather than portray how close they actually were. Before they hit Formula 1 the two of them actually lived together for a while. I prefer the idea of two friends so driven to win that it causes mayhem and destruction all around them, but somehow their friendship thrives in the chaos.

Other than that I think it's ace, seventies F1 cars are by far the most intimidating monsters I've seen at the movies this year, all noise, violence and fire. I especially love that the physics of the cars is so faithfully portrayed, even when it's cgi they don't suddenly start floating or making impossible turns, which can really ruin a movie (hello Red Tails).

Video review next week please?

For once, I actually agree with Bob (Probably because we're not talking about Marvel comic movies). Howard is a great director that doesn't get enough credit because he doesn't have "long takes" or sweeping pans like a lot of auteurs (like I guarantee Alfonso's Gravity will). And forget the Sergio Leone's and Clint Eastwood's. I'd be willing to put The Missing up against or over any of the classic Westerns.

Based on a true story or not, it still sounds too similar to Days of Thunder to me.

He reminds me a lot of Joel Schumacher, i'm always surprised by the movies he made, there's a lot of really great movies, mediocre and downright awful films on their filmography. The fact that he made Frost/Nixon is enough for me to acknowledge him as one of the greats. But he's nowhere near my personal top 10 though.

My big thing with Ron Howard is I'll never be able to see him a something besides Richie, which isnt to say he's a bad director or anything since i usually enjoy movies from him. I just always think while watching is, man, Richie Cunningham made this. I think it is a bit of a shame he's not better regarded (not that he shuld be put on a pantheon or anyhting) but if he ever manages to successfully pull off the Dark Tower Series, I think that will likely catapult him straight into that top ever group and then everyone will be on him and come out as fans before it.

Why dosn't anybody remember that Ron Howard made Apollo 13? That movie was pretty damn good. Well, maybe he'll get more attention once his daughter stops using Twitter while driving.

red dragon 52:
Thank god they have finally made a good racing film. There hasn't been a good one since Steve McQueen's Le Mans, and that was in 1971.

Hey!

There was Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which was much more recent.

I admit, as a huge Formula 1 fan, I did wonder how would people in the USA react to this movie? Not just because you guys have Indycar and NASCAR but also as F1 has always had difficult in really establishing itself there (look up 2005 US Grand Prix for a jarring example), and after that abysmal excuse for a movie which Stallone did (even if it was about Indycar), it did leave me concerned.

But Howard was the perfect director for a movie like that, his films based off real life events are superb (Apollo 13) and I do agree with Bob that he really has been overlooked by the general public as one of the great directors of our time. Maybe they will come around in time, but I'd consider him in my top 5 at least. He perfectly captured the intensity, the passion and danger of F1 (yes, diver deaths and serious injuries were that common back then)

fix-the-spade:
There is one thing I didn't like about Rush and that was the way it played out Hunt/Lauda's relationship. It more or less builds it's own mythology from scratch rather than portray how close they actually were. Before they hit Formula 1 the two of them actually lived together for a while. I prefer the idea of two friends so driven to win that it causes mayhem and destruction all around them, but somehow their friendship thrives in the chaos.

Agreed there, although that said the movie is trying to ensure that people who aren't too familiar with F1 can get into it, and it does that really well while still providing little bonuses for the F1 fans (Tyrrell P34 anyone?) but yes, it couldn't have hurt to show that Lauda and Hunt were not as antagonistic as the film makes them out to be, plus Laura had been campaigning for the German Grand Prix to be called off a week before the event, and it wasn't Hunt that demanded it go ahead but a collective driver decision, although the little ending montage was a nice touch.

 

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