Rush (USA, 2013)
Directed by Ron Howard
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara
Ron Howard's directorial career is one of many huge successes interspersed with several massive failures. It's hard to comprehend how the steady hand behind the likes of Splash, Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind could also have made films as staggeringly bad as Far and Away, The Da Vinci Code and The Dilemma. Fortunately for us, Rush represents an emphatic return to form, being a really great sports drama and one of the most engrossing films of the year.
Senna, Asif Kapadia's brilliant look at the life of Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton , and the events leading up to his tragic death in 1994. Whatever the differences in production quality or character emphasis (and there are some similarities), there is a fundamental difference in directorial approach.
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