This is my favourite film of
2013. It combines an incredibly well balanced script with Ron Howard's gripping direction and a pair of committed performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl. Most amazingly, the drama and conflicts between the rivaling main characters manages to keep pace with the balls to the wall action sequences. Even if you have no interest in Formula 1 racing, or motor sports for that matter, don't miss one of the best films of the year (to unfortunately have received no Oscar recognition).
Did anyone notice the little homage to Days of Thunder? I think it was at least. The first race where Lauda and Hunt spin, they playing Spencer Davis' 'Gimme Some Lovin'', which reminded me a lot of the montage in DoT near the beginning when Cole Trickle (Cruise) starts his first few races in Nascar (same song, similar cinematic feel).
Personally, I've been a huge Formula 1 fan for many years. This film did the sport justice showing the good and bad sides to it. I'm pretty disappointed with the lack of recognition. The movie doesn't demonize either Lauda or Hunt. It just presents them as they were, while embellishing their disdain for each other for dramatic purposes. That's one of the reasons I like it so much. Lots of grey between the black and white.
A Blu Ray purchase for sure! Definitely looking forward to feeling this one in my home cinema. Edited by Dbuudo07 - 1/29/14 at 4:22am