Faith Meets World

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Tuesday Review: Rush

rush_ver4_xlgAnother film review today, this time of Rush, directed by Ron Howard and in cinemas now.

As a fan of Formula One motor racing for the past fifteen years or so, the decision to go and see Rush was an easy one. But even if the thought of an F1 Grand Prix makes you yawn and reach for the remote, please don’t click away: this might still be a film you want to see.

Formula One is full of big personalities: anyone who has the cojones to regularly cheat death by driving at up to 220 mph in a plastic pod weighing in at less than half the weight of a typical saloon car tends to have an oversized ego. Thus, like many sports, F1 is full of rivalries. Rush tells the story of the on- and off-track relationship between British one-time world champion James Hunt and Austrian three-times winner Niki Lauda.

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Tuesday Review: Mud

This week, I thought I’d try my hand at reviewing a film. A few days ago I watched 2012 release Mud, produced and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey (also featuring Reese Witherspoon, albeit in a relatively minor role).

The film’s Wikipedia page describes it as an American coming of age drama, and it has all the ingredients you’d expect to find in a film of that genre: adolescents navigating the transition from carefree childhood to life in a complex and confusing world, a dash of mystery and adventure, romantic interests and family tension, all set against the backdrop of the American deep south (Arkansas).

Fourteen-year-old Ellis lives in a run-down houseboat on a tributary of the Mississippi river. His parents’ relationship is strained, and he spends as much time as possible on and around the river with his friend Neckbone. While exploring an island in the Mississippi after being attracted by the unusual sight of a boat up a tree, the two boys come across the enigmatically named Mud (McConaughey), a somewhat mysterious character who claims to be on the run for a past crime while waiting for his lifelong love Juniper (Witherspoon) to join him so they can sail off into the sunset and live happily ever after.

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