*ing: Chris Hemsworth (a.k.a Thor), Daniel Bruhl (a.k.a German soldier from Ingloriuous Basterds)
Director: Ron Howard
Language: English with smattering of German & Italian
Genre: Sports, Biographic
2013 catch-up continues. An F1 fan should have caught this in the theatres but didn't.
Movie follows the lives of F1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt as they compete for the 1976 Formula 1 Drivers' World Championships.
- Speed thrills.
- The contrast in the attitudes of the two drivers has been depicted quite well without overtly stereotyping either. Hunt - playboy, carefree, fast driving. Lauda - calculating, weighing the risks, analyzing the rewards, prioritizing and focused on the overall reward. Both crazy in their own ways.
- However the movie is overtly focused on the drivers and the screen time for actual racing is quite low which is a disappointment.
- The 70s era was quite different. Safety wasn't an important consideration for anyone it seems. Also don't think the lifestyles maintained by the Hunt and company could be even permitted by today's authorities. Guess, Hunt's line summed up the overall attitude - "The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel".
- True champions are driven by their desires and targets.
- Liked the end montage showing the real Niki Lauda talking about his great rival.
- ImportantQuestion - How does Thor fit into an F1 car?
Rating - 8/10. A good film but the recommended film on Formula 1 (or any sports) is "Senna"
Previously on MovieNotes: Fukrey