Thursday, September 5, 2013

At the Movies – September 2013 – Part 3: Most Anticipated Films

Must-See of the Month:

Rush (Ron Howard) – Sports Drama – Sep 27
Plot Summary: In the mid-1970s Formula 1 racing had a great rivalry pushing two drivers, Austrian Niki Lauda and Brit James Hunt, to the limits of what was possible (and maybe even further). Filmmakers: Hollywood director Ron Howard is known for his big awards-friendly films like Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, and Frost/Nixon and his thrillers like The Da Vinci Code (and maybe also for his comedy misfires). Rush looks like a combination of the best parts of both types of filmmaking. Howard has also assembled a stellar group of collaborators, including; composer Hans Zimmer (Man of Steel), cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Trance), production designer Mark Digby (Never Let Me Go), and screenwriter Peter Morgan (who also wrote Frost/Nixon). Cast: The film stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl as Hunt and Lauda respectively, with Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, and Natalie Dormer featuring in support. Expectations: While Ron Howard has never been a brilliant filmmaker, he does have some inspired moments. He is at his best when he blends action, suspense, and emotional drama with the strong performances he usually gets from his actors and just lets it play naturally, not trying to force too much out of the narrative (and on a side note, I will admit to loving two of his early films as a kid: Willow and Parenthood). Rush looks like a fantastic blending of these elements, combined with a seemingly perfectly cast group of actors. In a rather weak month, Rush stands out as a film that looks to be very entertaining and one that might even be a dark horse come awards season. Trailer: HereReview: Here.

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