Friday, October 25, 2013


First of all, yet another "true" story that misleads the audience. What for? The true story is good enough- in real life, these race drivers were very good friends, roommates for a while, even- why make it contentious? Sigh. After you see it, go read up on these fascinating men. And they have a story without the BS.  Okay- rant over. This is a reallly realllllly good movie and you should see it. Soon. It is about the 1976 Formula One race car season and the top two drivers- Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Bruhl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). Niki and James are real rivals- James being the ebullient, hard living Englishman and Niki being the analytical, disciplined Austrian. Their relationship is really the heart of the film. Not being able to leave the truth alone, they are first class rivals and the result is a tragedy. I have to say that the best thing about this is the script- not much time is lost and though it is a racing film, there isn't enough racing to make it boring. In fact, the race scenes are filmed with energy- you really feel the speed. I don't think the movie could have been better cast- Hemsworth and Bruhl were born to play these roles.  Several other movies have gotten higher scores than this, but I don't agree with that at all. I really loved it. Go see it.  (PS, Richard Burton paid James Hunt over one million dollars to divorce his cheating wife so Burton could have her. She was leaving anyway so why not?)