September 17, 2013 · 5:45 PM
Formula 1 racing drama featuring the 1976 intense rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda is coming to the Phoenix. Not an F1 fan?: according to a recent review (The Telegraph): "Rush breaks the mould; its racing scenes are thrilling, and the personal dynamics in the pits and away from the track genuinely intriguing. Here’s a Formula One story that’s not just for petrolheads. Australian actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor) takes the apparent star role as the blond, glamorous English playboy Hunt, driving for McLaren, widely regarded as a casual risk-taker on the track: a man routinely pictured with a glass of champagne and two or three biddable young women clinging to his limbs...The dour Austrian Lauda, driving for the Ferrari team, is played with remarkable conviction by German actor Daniel Brűhl (Inglourious Basterds). Lauda was methodical, industrious, a cerebral assessor of risk, and generally not much fun. “You’re just a party boy,” he sneers at Hunt. What perfect rivals.
Both actors acquit themselves well: Hemsworth, with his lustrous blond locks, is even better-looking than Hunt, if slightly lacking the animal aspects of his sexual magnetism; but he carries off an essentially British brand of insouciance to good effect. Brűhl’s Lauda grows in stature as Rush progresses, and from the film’s turning point – his appalling accident in a Grand Prix at Nűrburgring, where he sustained terrible burns to his head and face and damage to his lungs – he becomes the emotional centre of the story."
I think it sounds interesting! I've put up the earlier showing at the Phoenix which is 6.10pm which I know will be too early for some people. But the later showing is 9pm (in fact likely about 9.20 with trailers, ad) and the film is just over 2 hours long, and that's a bit late for me on a "school night". The 6.10pm showing will also allow us to have a drink and chat after.
MEET IN THE PHOENIX CAFE BAR (UPSTAIRS IN THE CINEMA) FROM 5.45PM FOR A 6.10PM SHOWING. I WILL HAVE A MEETUP SIGN WITH ME.