Billed as the story that inspired Moby Dick, Ron Howard’s adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s National Book Award winner is a shamelessly old-fashioned sea-faring yarn recounting the true story of the Essex, a Nantucket whaleship that sank after being attacked by a giant sperm whale.
This week on Radio 3’s Morning Brew I review the remake of Point Break, set in the world of extreme sports, as well as Ron Howard’s In The Heart Of The Sea, recounting the story that inspired Moby Dick, and local crime thriller Port Of Call, starring Aaron Kwok.
Ron Howard’s Rush traces the dramatic, real life duel between drivers James Hunt and Nikki Lauda, during the tumultuous 1976 Formula One season. Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) is a classic playboy, who with the help of his rich friends, enjoys racing as much for the carnal pleasures it affords him as for the pure thrill of going fast. Lauda (Daniel Brühl) is almost his opposite, a man of precision and technical mastery who approaches every aspect of the sport as a business. Their rivalry is fascinating, shaping and challenging each man as they face the cost, physical and emotional, of uprising their goal of being crowned champion.
Rush effortlessly evokes the 70s in a way few recent films have done. Everything from the look of the cars, to the costumes and the way people carry themselves feels right ( a stark contrast to the cartoonishly overcooked production style of American Hustle). Rush is a thrilling film, with an appeal beyond the cars and sport at it’s heart. Recommended.