Hollywood’s take on great sports rivalry

The much-anticipated 'Rush' is out now in cinemas.
The much-anticipated 'Rush' is out now in cinemas.

Ron Howard’s Hollywood take on James Hunt and Niki Lauda’s formula one rivalry is a testosterone fuelled homage to one of the greatest rivalries in motor sport.

In terms of character and personality, you will struggle to find two men as juxtaposed as James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Hunt being the good looking, womanising, poster boy of formula one in the seventies and Lauda being the serious analyst who is always in bed by ten.

But what both men had was passion, which is translated magnificently to the screen.

We follow the pair through their roots in formula three to the big time and of course to the near-fatal crash in the 1976 season.We get glimpses into both men’s psyche and lifestyles, signifying what it means to them to be a champion – and to what lengths they will go to achieve this.

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl play the pair with much aplomb and it is clear that the project was thoroughly researched.

Visually, the seventies is captured perfectly through the cars but it is the revving of engines and throbbing of pistons that captivate the audience in the all-important race scenes.