It seems like we’ve been waiting for this film for ages. F1 fans will agree that it seems Howard has been at every race for the last year publicising the film, thing is, it wasn’t worth the wait. The retelling of the epic 1976 season contested between James Hunt and Niki Lauda fails to capture the tension and awesomeness, and devolves into melodramatic pap.
I won’t take away anything from Brühl, who cements his character acting credentials with this film, but he’s the sole gem. Hemsworth seems like he’s parroting, rather than channelling, Hunt and Wilde seems to have taken her English accent training from Russell Crowe. There’s no sense of the scale of F1, it seems like the pit lane contains 12 people at once. All the replica cars and stunt drivers in the world can’t disguise the obvious CGI transitions, they’re a poor imitation of reality, just as the film ultimately is.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde
Director: Ron Howard