Great reviews after first screenings of 'Rush' 2013-09-02
Today ‘Rush’ had it’s world premiere in London and first reviews are showing up on the web. Very exiting and positive reactions some of them mentioning the sound. Some quotes:
Much credit goes to the ace team of cinematic mechanics whom Howard has assembled to fine-tune his vehicle – from Anthony Dod Mantle’s typically deft and probing camerawork, always finding the unexpected perspective, to the collective efforts of the sound department, whose crunchy gear changes and booming engine throbs put the audience right there in the driver’s seat.
Sonically, Hans Zimmer‘s score is typically stirring but the greatest credit should go to the sound design team. It’s often said that the greatest thrill at a live F1 race isn’t so much the spectacle as the sound. The roar of the engines as cars fly past the camera is genuinely spine tingling and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if this was one of a number of categories in which Rush received an Oscar nod. … Rush is, quite simply, an unmissable film. We walked out of the screening buzzing, dazed and delirious. Much like the brilliant BAFTA-winning documentary Senna, this is a film that will delight existing fans of the sport, but it requires no prior knowledge or interest to be successful. We know that many of you will look at a film “about F1″ and dismiss it out of hand because “F1′s boring”. That may be a fair criticism of the modern state of the sport. But don’t let that colour your judgment of Rush because it certainly one of the best films of the year and should be challenging for multiple Oscars come February.
Bring the Noise
Rush induces the adrenalin suggested by its title in its racing scenes: howlingly, teeth-rattlingly loud and cut lightning-fast, in what look to be perilous close-ups. It’s far more of a thrill ride than watching Formula One on TV.
The thunderous racing scenes at a rainy Japanese Grand Prix during the movie’s climax serve to heighten the emotions of the perilous situation for the protagonists. At this point, sight, sound and story all fuse into an impressively cohesive whole that help the movie zoom past the finish line after shakier beginnings.
If the images don’t propel the action fast enough, Howard uses clever sound design and pounding music (from Gimme Some Lovin’ to Hans Zimmer’s U2-esque guitar stylings) to put you in the slipstream. The result is far more immersive than any 3D you can imagine, and makes The Fast And The Furious look like The Ambling And The Disgruntled.
Who else would have imagined Formula 1 as an appropriate conduit for existential self-examination? And yet, you’ve seldom felt more alive in a movie theater than you will experiencing “Rush.”
As a movie that takes full advantage of the big screen, using excellent sound design paired with intimate camera angles in order to make you feel the throttle, “Rush” is one of those rare sports movies that’s compelling as both a drama and a spectacle.