If, like me, you have zero interest in motor racing as a sport and would rather listen to a wasp’s nest than a car’s engine, then there’s a film that may change your mind. It’s called Senna, the Bafta-winning British documentary of 2010. But for Formula One action polished to a glossy Hollywood finish, try Rush instead. With a script by Peter Morgan, the king of dramatising recent events, and directed in high-stakes style by safe-pair-of-hands Ron Howard, Rush explores the rivalry between flamboyant English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth with a historically wrong 21st-century gym bod) and technical mathlete Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) over a succession of races including the rainy, near-fatal German Grand Prix of 1976. Cue plenty of FX-heightened, tyre-squealing action and off-track soap opera, especially for Hunt. Some early slap-and-tickle that demeans Natalie Dormer as a saucy nurse is a bit Carry On, but it’s the four-wheeled action that will stick in your mind.
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