34 posts tagged Chris Hemsworth
There’s nothing like a racing rivalry to get one’s adrenaline pumping.
Ron Howard’s latest offering, Rush, is based on the fiery Formula 1 feud between Austrian racer Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Brühl) and English driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). Both men come from contrasting backgrounds and get to the top of the F1 ladder through drastically different means, but both have enough ambition and determination to be each other’s formidable opponents. The film is focused, riveting and exciting, balancing tension and levity in a very smart and concise manner. Although not quite as compelling as Asif Kapadia’s fantastic documentary Senna, Rush is a success in that it manages to highlight the spectacle of racing while at the same time introducing drama and conflict in a way that comes off as very organic. If you can help it, I would recommend watching this film knowing as little as possible about the competition. It was much more enjoyable for me that way. As someone who knew next to nothing about F1 racing before Rush, I found the film very accessible and easy to follow.
Peter Morgan, the scribe behind The Last King of Scotland and Frost/Nixon, accomplishes quite the feat in making both Rush's two leading men equally sympathetic and likable. Hunt, flamboyant, reckless and charming, is the complete polar opposite to the no-nonsense and brusque Lauda. Considering that Hemsworth is the more popular actor of the two (a fact further emphasized by the marketing posters for the film that prominently feature the Thor star), one would think that he would easily be the one to root for in such cutthroat competition. Morgan expertly paints the two characters in both favorable and compromising positions, and as a result, both men equally appeal to viewers, making for a much more interesting dynamic.
Chris Hemsworth, behind the scenes on the set of Thor: The Dark World
Official poster for Ron Howard’s Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.
We’re from different worlds. Maybe they were separate for a reason.
Official trailer for Thor: The Dark World
Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth on the set of Thor: The Dark World