Ron Howard directs a classy, engrossing biographical action film which tells the true story of the infamous rivalry between F1 stars James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) in the 1976 German Grand Prix.

There are some confident performances from the two leading men, Chris Hemsworth portrays a ‘live for the moment’ James Hunt, who parties off the track and who uses his gut instinct on the track.

Contrasting this, is Daneil Bruhl, who plays Niki Lauda, an F1 driver who worked hard to get to where he was, serious, determined and who’s crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring could have killed him. His fight for survival and recovery is excellently portrayed, it’s his steely determination which enables him to fight for the F1 title after his accident.

The supporting cast do their part, but it is Ron Howard who brings to life the rivalry between Hunt and Lauda, with brilliantly choreographed driving sequences and nuanced scenes off the track. Howard brings these legends to life.

A must see.

Naomi Jeffreys