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Re: “Rush

I really appreciated the lack of explanation that the movie offered about technical racing, but I do have some knowledge of the sport. I am tired of movies that spend half of the dialogue/narration explaining every little detail to the audience, just in case some of the dumb ones can't keep up. Not that they are even remotely similar, but Nolan's INCEPTION comes to mind. I was initially refreshed at the brisk pace and lack of premise-setting, asking the audience to move forward on faith that it was all possible in the universe of the film. Then I realized that Levitt's character existed solely to explain things to the audience through his dialogue, explaining everything to the other characters. Having some extra-role mechanic in the garage pointing over someone's shoulder explaining basic principles of cars and racing would have been awful. People who don't know can get the human element of the story without it, and people who do would just be annoyed. It's no art film, it's a racing flick, and likely one of the best that Hollywood has done. But if you aren't a race fan, or even a car enthusiast, I can see how it wouldn't have been a real attention grabber. In Howards defense, the rivalry and story existed in reality long before the screenplay, and Lauda has said that it was all very accurate.

Posted by Jeff Smith on 03/03/2014 at 10:36 PM

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