EVERYONE’S DRIVEN BY SOMETHING.
Their common interest in dramas portraying recent real-life events on a grand scale vitalizes director Ron Howard and writer Peter Morgan’s take on the famous rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1970s. Admittedly, we never get as close to the two men as we’d like, but Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl are excellent and it’s interesting to see what Hunt and Lauda had in common and what set them apart. This is also one of few racing movies to make the game look just as exciting, powerful and poignant as it must be for the drivers; brilliant shots and editing creates great drama on the race tracks.
2013-Britain-Germany. 123 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Ron Howard, Andrew Eaton, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Peter Morgan, Brian Oliver. Directed by Ron Howard. Screenplay: Peter Morgan. Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle. Editing: Dan Hanley, Mike Hill. Cast: Chris Hemsworth (James Hunt), Daniel Brühl (Niki Lauda), Olivia Wilde (Suzy Miller), Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino, David Calder… Natalie Dormer.
Trivia: Paul Greengrass was allegedly first considered as director.
BAFTA: Best Editing.
Last word: “I did have friends in Los Angeles who read the script and said ‘who are we rooting for?’ This is the sort of traditional script note that you get. That’s one of the unconventional aspects of this. I think people are pleasantly surprised by the move because they expect a more conventional kind of sports narrative to roll out. These aren’t conventional characters and the good news was it kind of forced Peter, myself, all of us to take a narrative that doesn’t unfold the way you would write it in a movie script and make it work. I don’t think it’s fair to take sides, I don’t think there was a good guy or a bad guy there. I felt like it was a rival story and a dual survival story.” (Howard, F1 Fanatic)