Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl
This is really not my usual type of movie. I enjoy watching some sports, but racing has never been a big one for me. My mum was a huge James Hunt and Niki Lauda fan when she was growing up, so despite not watching much racing, I knew to get me by.
This movie is fantastic. It’s emotional, exciting, and entertaining. It really grasps the real feel of Hunt and Lauda’s relationship, and Bruhl and Hemsworth’s acting was off the scale. It was like I was actually watching the real James Hunt and Niki Lauda right there on the screen. The movie shows all the sides of F1 racing, and the the rise to get there. It shows the good, the bad, and the ugly. It shows the heart ache and how a sport can tear a person apart and ruin lives – or make them better. It’s just so, so honest.
The actual races were nervewracking. I spend a good deal of time on the edge of my seat, despite knowing what was coming. When Niki crashed and was pulled out of that burning car I was gasping along with the rest of the audience, even though I’d seen the real footage before. The make up for Niki’s scars was perfect, and Bruhl’s acting was mind blowing (also, I’m not going to lie, when James gets angry at a reporter making a comment about how Niki now looks and beats him up? Yeah, I flailed a little).
I think what completed the movie was the real footage they showed throughout the movie, and then having the real Niki Lauda shown at the very end was just the icing on the cake. It was such a beautifully shot movie and all of this made it so much more realistic. Even if you aren’t a racing fan I would recommend watching this to everyone, because it’s just so beautiful.