Rush

Sep. 13th, 2013 10:21 pm
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So I've seen Rush and I guess I'll have to see it again (what a hardship ;-)) to really form an opinion. At the moment I'm too overwhelmed with contradictory reactions to think straight.

I was very impressed with Chris' performance. I didn't really expect to be able to buy him as James, but he really took me by surprise. The accent was so good even I was able to notice. His speech after receiving the RAC award was just perfect. And the first time he did the hunched shoulders I actually got teary-eyed.

I'm very disappointed with how little of what went on during the 1976 season was actually shown. Or how the things that were in would be shown in a way that made them come across as completely different. I guess it was a mistake to learn so much about the subject matter, because I did spend a good portion of the film mentally shaking my fist at the screen.

I also can't help feeling that the focus of the film was Niki's story with James just popping up as eye candy every once in a while. I guess I should have foreseen it, Peter Morgan freely admitted that his wife knew Niki and so Niki's story was his starting point, but I honestly expected the film to be about the 1976 championship and James' and Niki's rivalry for the title.

Instead, the film came across as weighted very heavily in Niki's favour - he had the best scenes, the funniest lines, and his accident and recovery are the centre of the story. Also, with how few races were being shown the film really gave the impression that James was nowhere near good enough to be actual competition and only won because of Niki's accident. Hell, Niki all but says this in the last scene.

So yeah, fuck you very much, Peter Morgan. No, making James win the Biritish Grand Prix after all does not make up for this, regardless how delighted he would have been.

I hope after I see the film again this impression will prove invalid.

I do have to give it to Morgan, though, that he somehow did manage to make the Japanese Grand Prix climactic even though on paper a race in which the two main rivals weren't really competing against each other made for a poor ending. Those last few laps were quite something.

And with the footage of real James and Niki at the end I went out of the cinema with mascara dripping down my face.
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